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February 26, 2014 1

Iran Press TV Provides Platform To Emerging Anti-Semitic Voices

Iran’s English-language satel­lite news net­work, Press TV, which pro­vides a plat­form for some of the most well-known anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers in the U.S., also enables lesser known anti-Semites to gain expo­sure for their views.press-tv-anti-semitism-holocaust

Bran­don Mar­tinez, a Canada-based free­lance writer who pro­motes Holo­caust denial and anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, is among the lat­est fringe voices to be pub­lished by Press TV.

Martinez’s arti­cle, pub­lished on Feb­ru­ary 24, 2014, and titled, “Zion­ist excep­tion­al­ism, fears WW2 truth,” is steeped with anti-Semitic claims and bla­tant Holo­caust denial. In his arti­cle, Mar­tinez describes the Nazi death camp Auschwitz as a pleas­ant place where Jews were encour­aged to join in activ­i­ties, such as play­ing in the orches­tra or par­tic­i­pat­ing in “other cul­tural and leisure activities.”

Mar­tinez not only denies the num­ber of Jews who fell vic­tim to Nazi atroc­i­ties dur­ing World War II, but also denies the exis­tence of gas cham­bers and the use of Zyk­lon B in the mass exter­mi­na­tion of Europe’s Jew­ish pop­u­la­tion. To back up these claims, Mar­tinez cites Holo­caust deniers Mark Web­ber and David Irv­ing.

Fol­low­ing the U.S. tem­po­rary waiver of sanc­tions on broad­casts by Iran’s broad­cast­ing author­ity which broad­casts Press TV, this bla­tantly anti-Semitic con­tent is once again more avail­able to audi­ences in the U.S.

Accord­ing to a biog­ra­phy pro­vided on Press TV’s web­site, Mar­tinez writes on Zion­ism, for­eign pol­icy and “decep­tion in media and pol­i­tics.” Press TV has pub­lished Martinez’s arti­cles on its web­site since Novem­ber 2013 when it pub­lished his first piece on Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel. In that arti­cle, Mar­tinez describes Israel as a rogue regime “Born out of ter­ror­ism and eth­nic cleans­ing,” and describes Prime Min­is­ter Harper as “being sub­servience to Israel.”

Martinez’s arti­cles are also found on his per­sonal blog, The Thoughts and Writ­ings of Bran­don Mar­tinez, as well as on con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Semitic web­sites like Vet­er­ans Today, and its affil­i­ated site Vet­er­ans News Now.

Below are some exam­ples from Martinez’s arti­cles that have appeared on Press TV and other anti-Semitic websites:

  • Feb­ru­ary 16, 2014:  In an arti­cle titled “Scru­ti­niz­ing Israel role in 2001 anthrax attacks,” Mar­tinez claims that the anthrax attacks imme­di­ately fol­low­ing the 9/11 ter­ror­ist bomb­ings orig­i­nated from Israel’s bio­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal indus­try, and implied the exis­tence of a nefar­i­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion between the Israel and the Bush admin­is­tra­tion to carry out the attacks. Mar­tinez also claims that the Israelis placed the blame for the anthrax attacks on its Arab ene­mies as a pre­text to force the U.S. to go to war against Iraq.
  • Jan­u­ary 26, 2014: In an arti­cle titled “Israeli mil­i­tarism pred­i­cated on 9/11 decep­tion,” Mar­tinez claims that Israel has a his­tory of con­duct­ing false flag oper­a­tions and that the 9/11 attack was Israel’s “grand­est deception.”
  • Jan­u­ary 13, 2014: In an arti­cle titled “Zion­ist per­ver­sion of his­tory threat­ens world peace,” Mar­tinez pro­motes the age-old anti-Semitic con­spir­acy of Zion­ist con­trol over Hol­ly­wood. Zion­ist con­trol of Hol­ly­wood, Mar­tinez alleges, is why Hitler is depicted as a “vil­lain­ous demon,” while in real­ity, “Zion­ist Jews them­selves were Hitler’s most enthu­si­as­tic col­lab­o­ra­tors.” Else­where in the arti­cle, Mar­tinez calls the Holo­caust and the num­ber of Jew­ish vic­tims a “myth” and part of “Zion­ist propaganda.”

Extrem­ists like anti-Semite David Duke, anti-Semitic colum­nist Kevin Bar­rett and Holo­caust deny­ing book pub­lisher Michael San­tomauro, remain fre­quent con­trib­u­tors to Press TV’s web­site and reg­u­larly fea­tured on the network’s programs.

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January 17, 2014 6

Gun Advocates Continue To Misappropriate The Holocaust

The heated polit­i­cal debate over gun con­trol con­tin­ues to be tainted by the inap­pro­pri­ate use of Holo­caust imagery by some gun advocates.nugent-weinstein-gun-control-hitler-nazi

One such anal­ogy sug­gests that those who sup­port stronger gun con­trol are akin to Hitler or other Nazi fig­ures. Most recently, rock musi­cian and gun advo­cate Ted Nugent com­pared film pro­ducer Har­vey Wein­stein to a Nazi pro­pa­gan­dist, stat­ing that those who watch Weinstein’s planned film about the National Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion (NRA) “will see that Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alin­sky is [sic] alive in the form of a fat punk named Har­vey Wein­stein, and as he tries to destroy the NRA, it will back­fire on him.” He also said that “you have to be brain-dead to believe that the gun-free zones of Chicago and Nurem­berg in 1938 are a desir­able condition.”

Another his­tor­i­cally inac­cu­rate anal­ogy sug­gests that if those who per­ished under the Nazis had bet­ter access to guns, the regime would not have been able to sys­tem­at­i­cally mur­der so many Jews and oth­ers. For exam­ple, in response to Jer­sey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s efforts to improve gun safety in Decem­ber 2013, NRA board mem­ber Scott Bach said, “…if you’re going to be a Jer­sey City mayor you have to by default be anti-gun…His grand­par­ents were Holo­caust sur­vivors accord­ing to Wikipedia. So you’ve got to won­der why he is not get­ting it.”

It must be noted that the small num­ber of per­sonal firearms in the hands of the small num­ber of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000) remain­ing in Ger­many in 1938 could in no way have stopped the total­i­tar­ian power of the Nazi Ger­man state. When they had weapons, Jews could sym­bol­i­cally resist, as they did in the 1943 War­saw Upris­ing and else­where, but could not stop the Nazi geno­cide machine. Gun con­trol did not cause the Holo­caust; Nazism and anti-Semitism did.

Invok­ing offen­sive Holo­caust analo­gies in dis­cus­sions of con­tro­ver­sial issues is noth­ing new. Such com­par­isons have been used by both Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans on a num­ber of issues, and by numer­ous pub­lic fig­ures when dis­cussing top­ics rang­ing from abor­tion to ani­mal rights to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict to LGBT rights. A spike in offen­sive Holo­caust analo­gies also fol­lowed the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School shooting.

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November 13, 2013 2

Iran’s Press TV Claims American Jews Are “Incubating Another Hitler”

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Screen­shot from Bhat’s Press TV article

Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work, has taken its usual viciously anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries a step fur­ther. It now claims not only that Jews are to blame for the Holo­caust, but also that because Jews did not learn from their sup­posed wrongs in Nazi Ger­many that “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” are “incu­bat­ing another Hitler.”

The Novem­ber 9 arti­cle, “Amer­i­can Zion­ists incu­bat­ing another Hitler,” was writ­ten by a Press TV colum­nist named M.I. Bhat, who also writes for the con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today. The Press TV piece was addi­tion­ally pub­lished two days ear­lier in Vet­er­ans Today under the title “Are Amer­i­can Jews incu­bat­ing another Hitler?”

In both arti­cles, Bhat claims that “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” con­trol America’s “banks, Wall Street, media, Hol­ly­wood, mar­kets, politi­cians, for­eign pol­icy, indeed the whole life of Amer­i­cans.” The arti­cle also asserts that the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks were a “false flag” attack com­mit­ted by “Amer­i­can Zion­ist Jews and Israel” to fur­ther their con­trol of Amer­i­can for­eign policy.

Bhat alleges it is “no more a ‘con­spir­acy the­ory’” to state that “Amer­i­can Con­gress and Sen­ate, Gov­er­nors and even City May­ors [sic] are totally and abjectly sold out, body and soul, to the Amer­i­can Zion­ists dol­lars.” He sum­ma­rizes matter-of-factly that “Amer­ica is enslaved by Israel.”

It is typ­i­cal for Press TV to mis­lead­ingly present anti-Semites, both Amer­i­can and for­eign, as seri­ous and cred­i­ble “experts” or “ana­lysts.” Bhat, a retired geol­ogy pro­fes­sor from an Indian uni­ver­sity, does not appear to have any cre­den­tials in the field of “inter­na­tional pol­i­tics,” claim­ing only that such top­ics are his “main attrac­tion” after geology.

Bhat makes no attempt to hide his con­spir­a­to­r­ial think­ing about the sup­pos­edly Zion­ist “Mas­ters of the United States.” He claims this cabal con­trols “democ­racy itself” which has “been reduced to mere com­pe­ti­tion in secur­ing Jew­ish fund­ing and accep­tance by Zion­ist media.”

Bhat does not stop there.

He alleges that Amer­i­cans can trace “every mis­ery” to “Amer­i­can Zion­ists banksters,” who spend their time “deter­min­ing, dom­i­nat­ing, and con­trol­ling every aspect of [Amer­i­cans’] lives– social, moral, polit­i­cal judi­cial and economic.”

Bhat’s over-the-top con­spir­acy the­o­ries are actu­ally quite typ­i­cal of the anti-Jewish pro­pa­ganda ped­dled by Press TV as legit­i­mate news. How­ever, Bhat then goes a step fur­ther, accept­ing the Nazi regime’s anti-Jewish con­spir­acy the­o­ries as his­tor­i­cal fact and blam­ing the Jew­ish vic­tims of the Holo­caust for their fate.

He dis­turbingly con­cludes his arti­cle by imply­ing another Holo­caust is com­ing, this time to Amer­i­can Jews. Bhat writes, “how neatly this descrip­tion [of how Jew­ish con­trol and manip­u­la­tion resulted in all of Germany’s ills] depicts the cur­rent state of affairs of the United States! …Zion­ists don’t seem to draw any lessons from their past actions and expe­ri­ences.” Bhat asks, “If descrip­tion above [sic] of the post-WWI Ger­many is what led the Ger­mans to rally behind Hitler, should it then sur­prise Zion­ists or the world at large if Amer­ica pops up its own Hitler?”

The arti­cle also fea­tures an image of the Nazi regime’s bat­tle flag in which the swastika has been replaced with the Star of David.

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