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October 18, 2012

Holocaust Denier Mark Weber Invited to Tehran by Iranian Government

Since Iran’s Holocaust denial conference in 2006, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has continued to open his country’s doors for Holocaust deniers from around the world. In September, the regime hosted Mark Weber, director of the California-based Institute for Historical Review (IHR), a pseudo-academic organization that considers the Holocaust to be a hoax perpetrated by Jews for political and financial gains.

During Weber’s visit to Iran, he was given multiple platforms to espouse his hateful conspiratorial views and was also honored with a meeting with President Ahmadinejad himself.

Weber discussed his 10-day trip to Iran during a September IHR meeting near Los Angeles. According to Weber, his visit included a television interview, a lecture to 800 college students in Tehran, and participation in a film festival organized by Iran’s Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Culture. Press TV, the Iranian government’s English-language propaganda network, described the film festival as promoting films that examine subjects such as “the role of Zionist lobbies in the European and US crises” and “a world without Zionism.”

Weber also gave a lecture to college students in Tehran titled “The Zionist Lobby in America.” In the talk, Weber claimed that the Israel lobby uses its power to promote interests “different than those and contrary to those of the vast majority of people in that country and the vast majority of people around the world.” He stated that the “Jewish Zionist grip of the United States” manifests its power “in promoting policies that break down traditional values, traditional ethics, and justice” and that societal problems ranging from abortion to murder can be traced to the supposedly Jewish media pushing such policies.

Weber specifically mentions the Anti-Defamation League’s work fighting bigotry and discrimination as part of a larger plot by the “Zionist lobby to break the religious and ethnic sense of cohesion” in America.

Weber’s visit to Iran in an official capacity underscores both Weber’s and the regime’s commitment to propagating anti-Jewish conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

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October 5, 2012

Anti-Semite Mark Glenn Gave Speech at Ahmadinejad Dinner in New York

Additional information has emerged about American extremists invited by the Iranian government to a dinner honoring Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York City on September 25, 2012.  Ahmadinejad was in town to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

Mark Glenn’s official invitiation to the Ahmadinejad dinner

In addition to Louis Farrakhan, the Iranian government invited Mark Glenn, a virulently anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist  (who claims that Jews control banks, the stock exchange, politicians and the media) to speak at the dinner. Glenn, who makes regular appearances on Press TV, Iran’s English-language satellite network, used the dinner as an opportunity to attack Jews and Israel.

Glenn discussed his speech on the September 27 edition of his program on “The Ugly Truth,” an anti-Semitic online radio network and blog he runs. Glenn claimed that he shocked the guests at the dinner by asserting that the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, “is correct” in saying that “Iran’s nuclear program is going to wipe Israel off the face of the map.”  In Glenn’s vision of the future, Iran will use nuclear power for peaceful purposes and will be “the nucleus” around which all other Middle Eastern countries will revolve in “a perfectly harmonious orbit.”  Glenn asserted that a united Middle East would then be able to rid the world of Israel, and that countries outside the region would also “kick Jews out of places of power.”

Glenn let his listeners know how much the attendees at the dinner appreciated his speech, saying, “I saw people wiping their eyes.” He claimed that the speech has now opened several major doors for him, which he will reveal in the near future.  Glenn also indicated that his invitation to the dinner and his appearances on Press TV have brought him closer to Iranian government officials, including Ahmadinejad.

This is not the first time Glenn has had dealings with Ahmadinejad. In 2007, Glenn organized “No More Wars for Israel,” an event in Irvine, California that consisted of protests and lectures demonizing Jews and Israel. According to Glenn, the event featured a videotaped message from Ahmadinejad, in which he condemned Zionism as a racist movement and a danger to world peace.

Glenn let his radio listeners know that Ahmadinejad is one of his heroes. Before recounting his dinner speech on his show, Glenn ranted against the evils of Israel and claimed that Iran was, in contrast, “a highly cultured, blameless society.”

In addition, Glenn compared Netanyahu and Jewish supporters to vampires, saying that they “feed on innocent human blood.” He promoted a conspiracy theory that Israel is moving nuclear weapons into major cities and waiting for an opportune moment for its “operatives” to detonate them. Glenn later referred to Judaism as “a mental defect that leads to mental illness, spiritual barbarism” and “left unchecked, can bring the world to the brink of utter annihilation.”

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September 11, 2012

Press TV: Zionists “Masterminded” the 9/11 Attacks

David Duke in a telephone interview on Press TV

As we commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, conspiracy theories surrounding the perpetrators and alleged cover-up still abound. These theories range from the idea that the destruction of the World Trade Center was a “false flag” operation in which the U.S. government attacked its citizens to provide an excuse for war, to the notion that Jews and/or Israelis perpetrated the attacks and then pointed the finger at Islamic extremists.

Press TV, the Iranian government’s platform to disseminate its ideology to the English-speaking world, exploited the anniversary to espouse anti-Semitic ”explanations” of what happened on 9/11 in three articles published on their website today.

The first, an interview with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, served as an opportunity for Duke to flesh out his anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Israel was responsible for 9/11. When Duke was asked if he believes 9/11 was an “inside job,” he responded: “There are Israeli fingerprints all over the whole 9/11 aspect…Israel has a long record of terrorism against America…there are a lot of reasons that Israel wanted 9/11 to happen.” In addition to blaming Israel for perpetrating the attacks, Duke also claimed Jews and/or Israel are responsible for a number of American policies and world events. He stated, for example, that the Iraq war was merely the result of Zionist control. “The Zionists orchestrated and created this war in the media, the government, and international finance,” he said.

Press TV also interviewed Mark Dankof, a contributor to the virulently anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press. In the interview, titled “Zionists masterminded, co-plotted 9/11 attacks,” Dankof explicitly accuses “Zionists” of perpetrating the attacks. When asked by the interviewer whether it’s likely the U.S. will reinvestigate the attacks, Dankof replies:

“It is not going to happen because the people who perpetrated [9/11] are the same people who control the news media and have a disproportionate influence in American foreign policy through various think tanks and so forth, that are aligned with the nation of Israel.”

Dankof also states that he agrees with the outspoken 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alan Sabrosky that “9/11 was an Israeli Mossad inside operation from start to finish — one hundred percent. Period.” Dankof adds that if others look into 9/11, they will find that:

“Israel had the motive, they had the means, they had the opportunity, they had the money, they had the resources, they had the inside contacts and they had the people in the American media and the American government to cover it up for them after the fact.”

A third article posted today, a reprinting of comments made by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about 9/11, was similarly conspiratorial. Ahmadinejad, according to the transcript provided by Press TV, stated that the sanctity of the media has been “destroyed” by Zionists and that the events surrounding 9/11 and the subsequent American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were the result of a “media operation.” His comments, though somewhat vague and incoherent, seem to imply that the “Zionists” corrupted the media which in turn has led to U.S. policies in the Middle East that are perceived to benefit Israel.

Press TV has a history of promoting offensive and unsubstantiated theories on 9/11 behind the veneer of providing legitimate news coverage. In doing so, they also provide a platform for those who espouse such theories and lend legitimacy to them.

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