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March 4, 2014 3

SJP Member Appears On Press TV To Promote BDS Movement

Kumars Salehi, a mem­ber of New York University’s Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter, appeared last week on Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work, to pro­mote the Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment against Israel.kumars-salehi-sjp-presstv-iaw

Dur­ing the inter­view, Salehi claimed that BDS, “tar­gets the state of Israel, insti­tu­tions within Israel that refuse to be against their government’s poli­cies, as well as com­pa­nies that profit from the occu­pa­tion and Israel’s occu­pa­tion econ­omy.” Salehi made sure to also point out his sup­port for a full boy­cott of Israeli goods, stat­ing that the BDS cam­paign is against, “not just those prod­ucts that are made in the settlements.”

Press TV has emerged as the Iran­ian government’s pri­mary pro­pa­ganda tool to pro­mote a wide range of per­ni­cious anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries in Eng­lish to a world­wide audi­ence. Press TV has pro­vided a plat­form for some of the most well-known anti-Semites, includ­ing anti-Semite David Duke, anti-Semitic colum­nist Kevin Bar­rett, and Holocaust-denying book pub­lisher Michael San­tomauro, among others.

Salehi’s inter­view coin­cided with the start of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which is tak­ing place in var­i­ous cities around the world. SJP has orga­nized many IAW activ­i­ties in the U.S., includ­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion of mock evic­tion notices at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina, and North­east­ern University.

Dur­ing Salehi’s appear­ance last week, the program’s host described the U.S. Con­gress being “con­trolled by the likes of AIPAC and the other pro-Israel lob­bies” as a hur­dle to the suc­cess of BDS.

Salehi has appeared on Press TV at least four times since Decem­ber 2013. Dur­ing his Decem­ber inter­view, Salehi alleged that Israel is sab­o­tag­ing the ongo­ing peace nego­ti­a­tions in order “to con­tinue killing Palestinians”and build set­tle­ments in the West Bank.

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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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February 7, 2014 0

Iranian TV Broadcasts Simulated Attacks On Israel And U.S.

A day after the U.S. gov­ern­ment announced a tem­po­rary sanc­tions waiver on the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s broad­cast­ing author­ity, IRIB’s chan­nel 1 broad­cast highly inflam­ma­tory and bel­liger­ent video seg­ments sim­u­lat­ing an Iran­ian attack against Israel and U.S. warships.

The seg­ments aired live on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2014, before the weekly Fri­day prayers were broadcast.

One of the seg­ments (watch below) shows Iran­ian drones tar­get­ing and destroy­ing civil­ian and mil­i­tary sites in Israel. The clip also includes an audio mes­sage from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s 2013 Per­sian New Year address where he threat­ened that if Israel were to “make the mis­take of attack­ing Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

In the sec­ond seg­ment (watch below), U.S. war­ships are shown invad­ing Iran’s ter­ri­to­r­ial waters. After issu­ing warn­ings, the Iran­ian air force dis­patches bombers to destroy the U.S. war­ships patrolling the Per­sian Gulf. The sim­u­la­tion also depicts Iran’s abil­ity to strike U.S. inter­ests in the Mid­dle East with its mis­sile system.

The air­ing of the seg­ments comes at a time as the Iran­ian regime read­ies to cel­e­brate the 35th anniver­sary of the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion against the West­ern backed monarchy.

The waiver on IRIB is slated to last for 180 day and will per­mit non-U.S. satel­lite com­pa­nies to resume IRIB broad­casts. The waiver is appar­ently part of a good­will and confidence-building ges­ture toward Iran as nuclear nego­tia­tors pre­pared to meet for another round of nego­ti­a­tions. Based on this IRIB broad­cast, the waiver may wind up under­min­ing con­fi­dence in Israel, the U.S. and through­out the world.

Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda sta­tion Press TV, which pro­vides a plat­form for Amer­i­can anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers, is also included in the exemption.

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