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December 3, 2013 0

Denver Conference To Feature Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorists

The Mus­lim Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion – Per­sian Speak­ing Group (MSA-PSG) will hold its 43rd annual con­fer­ence in Den­ver, Col­orado, which will draw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of sev­eral anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers.msa-psg-iran-denver

The con­fer­ence, titled “Await­ing the Sav­ior,” is sched­uled for Decem­ber 26–29 and will include lec­tures and work­shop ses­sions with the pur­ported aim to dis­cuss “how Islam can help guide us in our await­ing time to be the true sup­port­ers of our Imam,” also known as the Mahdi, a mes­sianic fig­ure for Shi’a Muslims. 

The MSA-PGA was founded in 1970 by Mostafa Cham­ron, an Iran­ian anti-Shah activist when he was a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia – Berke­ley. Cham­ron sub­se­quently returned to Iran after the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion and served as defense min­is­ter and a mem­ber of par­lia­ment for the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran.

The orga­ni­za­tion has a his­tory of invit­ing anti-Semitic speak­ers and extrem­ists to its annual con­fer­ence. Among the list of speak­ers invited this year, and in pre­vi­ous years, are Muham­mad al Asi and Abdul Alim Musa. Al Asi and Musa are fre­quently invited to speak at anti-Israel events on cam­pus where they engage in anti-Semitic rhetoric dur­ing their speeches and lec­tures. Addi­tion­ally, both indi­vid­u­als have pub­licly sworn alle­giance to Iran’s supreme leader, Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei. Musa is also the leader of Sabiqun, an anti-Semitic Mus­lim group that advo­cates for the cre­ation of a global Islamic state.

Anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists Mark Glenn and Mark Dankof are also invited to speak at this year’s event. At the 2012 annual MSA-PSG con­fer­ence, Dankof made a series of con­spir­a­to­r­ial and anti-Semitic claims that Mus­lims and Chris­tians are under threat by Zion­ists. More­over, Dankof made a series of alle­ga­tions that Jews are in con­trol of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics and media, and that Jew­ish con­spir­a­cies are behind impor­tant U.S. events, such as the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy and the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

The orga­ni­za­tion, which is pri­mar­ily based in Los Ange­les, adheres to the strict prin­ci­ples of Twelver Shi’a Islam and the vir­u­lently anti-Semitic and anti-West ide­ol­ogy of the founder of the Islamic Repub­lic, Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini. Con­trary to its name, mem­bers of the MSA-PSG are not nec­es­sar­ily stu­dents. Many mem­bers are of Pak­istani or South Asian ori­gins who have pre­vi­ously spent time at Iran­ian sem­i­nar­ies and reli­gious insti­tu­tions. Pre­vi­ous years’ con­fer­ences have pri­mar­ily been held in Hous­ton and Chicago.

Another sched­uled speaker is Hamza Soda­gar, an Iranian-born cleric. At the 2010 Mus­lim Con­gress (MC) con­ven­tion, Soda­gar made sev­eral con­spir­a­to­r­ial charges, includ­ing one where he alleged Zion­ist con­trol over U.S. Muslims.

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September 11, 2012 9

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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