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June 19, 2013

Anti-Semites And Extremists To Host “Freedompalooza 2013” On July 4th Weekend

White supremacists, anti-Semites, anti-government extremists and conspiracy theorists are among speakers scheduled to appear at “Freedompalooza 2013,” organized by Paul Topete, lead singer of the band Pokerface and an anti-Semite and anti-government extremist.   It is the third time Topete has organized such an event in Pennsylvania, but he allegedly has plans to organize future events in other regions of the country.freedom-palooza-2013

Freedompalooza will take place from July 4-6, 2013, in Bucks County in eastern Pennsylvania.  Although a local restaurant is providing the property and selling food at the event, the primary sponsor (and  promoter) of the event is the American Free Press, the anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented newspaper published by long-time white supremacist Willis Carto.

Topete has lined up a long list of bands and speakers, many of the latter coming from extremist and fringe movements and causes.  One theme that unites many speakers is virulent anti-Semitism or anti-Israel sentiment.  Two of the more prominent speakers, for example, are former members of Congress:  Cynthia McKinney and James Traficant.  McKinney  is a long-time anti-Israel activist who has supported anti-Semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party, while Traficant, since his release from prison on federal racketeering and bribery convictions, has joined the American Free Press, in whose pages he has expressed his own anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views.  Another scheduled speaker is Jim Condit, Jr., who several times ran for Congress in Ohio, taking advantage of his candidate status to obtain a platform for expressing his anti-Semitic views in radio advertisements.

Other speakers reportedly scheduled to attend include Merlin Miller, the 2012 presidential candidate of the white supremacist American Freedom Party,  several American Free Press writers, and Cynthia Steele, the wife of white supremacist attorney Edgar Steele (currently serving a 50-year sentence for conspiracy to murder Cynthia, a charge she claims is false).

Freedompalooza will also host a variety of anti-government extremist speakers, including representatives from several militia groups, a representative from the anti-government and conspiratorial Oath Keepers, and the Appleseed Project, a marksmanship program that warns attendees that they may have to (literally) fight the government to maintain their liberty.

Also present will be Larry Pratt, head of the Gun Owners of America, a radical gun rights group, and Jeff Christopher, a sheriff from Delaware with ties to Michael Peroutka, former presidential candidate of the right-wing extremist Constitution Party.  Christopher’s battle with the state of Delaware over that state’s decision to eliminate the arrest powers of its three county sheriffs has been much promoted by the American Free Press and other right-wing sources.

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February 5, 2013

Iran “Hollywoodism” Conference Partners With U.S. & International Anti-Semites, Conspiracy Theorists

Iran’s third “Hollywoodism” conference, currently underway in Tehran, is partnering with a number of American and international anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists.

The conference, part of Iran’s annual Fajr International Film Festival, includes sessions on how Zionists and their allies in the West use the film industry to promote negative views of Iran and provoke religious conflicts around the globe.

The official logo for the conference, which further strengthens alliances between anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists and the Iranian regime, combines the Star of David with Masonic imagery.

Iran’s “International Conference on Hollywoodism and Cinema”

Iranian Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Javad Shamaghdari said in his opening statement at the conference on February 2 that since before World War I, some Hollywood films “have been formed and produced” from the “Zionist point of view, whose doctrines and beliefs have been institutionalized.”

Shamaghdari also invoked the conspiratorial claims that Hollywood is “practically in the duty of the Zionist and White House.”

In a separate statement, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini warned the American people of their alliance with Zionism, and claimed that the “White House’s leaders play a main role in the artistic policy for Hollywood.” Hosseini also said that he believes Hollywood and the film industry is under a “hidden management that is leading the economic, business, researching and theorizing centers.”

A prominent participant in the conference is French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose acts routinely include Holocaust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes and other anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The conference website identifies a list of “partners” that includes several American and international anti-Semites and anti-Israel activists and organizations. The list includes:

  • American Free Press (AFP): A Washington, DC-based conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic newspaper published by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto.  He also publishes The Barnes Review, a Holocaust denial journal.
  • Americana Pictures: A Tennessee-based film company run by Merlin Miller, who ran as the 2012 presidential candidate for the American Third Position (recently re-named the American Freedom Party), a white supremacist political party. Miller has participated in previous Iranian film festivals.
  • Mike Gravel: A former senator and congressman from Alaska who was a presidential candidate in 2007. Gravel has some ties to AFP. He participated on a panel at the June 2003 AFP/Barnes Review conference. In addition, Gravel has questioned the role of the U.S. government in the 9/11 attacks.
  • Truth Jihad: A website and Internet radio show run by Kevin Barrett, a former instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theorist. He is a co-founder of Muslims for 9/11 Truth, which consists mostly of a blog that refutes the idea that any Muslims were behind the 9/11 attacks.  Barrett uses his radio show to offer a platform to 9/11 anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.
  • James Fetzer: One of the co-founders of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, an organization that is composed of academics and others who believe that the U.S. government played a role in the 9/11 attacks. He is also another columnist for the anti-Semitic website Veterans Today and has written  two articles for the Op-Ed News site in which he promotes anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories.
  • The Council for the National Interest (CNI): CNI is anti-Israel organization that opposes U.S. aid to Israel and disseminates demonizing propaganda about Israel to academic, politicians, and other audiences. CNI is led by Alison Weir, a prominent voice in the anti-Israel movement who often characterizes the Jewish state as a violent aggressor.

The conference demonstrates, once again, that Iran at the forefront of promoting classical anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

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