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October 18, 2012 3

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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