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August 7, 2015

Press TV Exploits Iran Deal To Promote Anti-Semitism

Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language news net­work, is exploiting the international discussion about the Iran nuclear deal to promote anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews and Israel as war-mongering and exercising nefarious control over the American government to act against the country’s interests.

Image from Press TV

Image from Press TV

Press TV has a long record of pro­mot­ing per­ni­cious anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as “news” to a world­wide audience. Oper­ated by Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Press TV serves as a mouth­piece for Amer­i­can anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists, and Holo­caust deniers, who are presented as credible experts that help amplify the Iran­ian regime’s hate­ful messages.

Some examples of the types of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories recently broadcast on Press TV regarding the Iran deal include:

  • “AIPAC critics have said it acts as an agent of the Israeli regime and has a ‘stranglehold’ on Congress with its extensive influence and financial power.”

(Scott Bennet, “Americans tired of Israel lobby and Netanyahu: Ex-US army psychological warfare officer,” August 1, 2015)

  • “Israel has done everything in its power for decades to make sure that the West and the Islamic world are at odds with each other, are at loggerheads, are fighting and squabbling against each other so that Israel can rule the roost and carve out its emporium while everybody else is distracted.”
  • “This obviously reveals to the world that Israel and global Zionism are the primary impediments to world peace and stability, it’s not Iran.”

(Brandon Martinez, “AIPAC trying to torpedo Iran nuclear agreements: Analyst,” July 31, 2015)

  • “The majority of American people are uninformed about the destructive influence of the pro-Israel lobby in the United States and its dominance on US foreign policy.”
  • “It would be nice to see the Americans rise up against the kind of tyranny that does occur because of the Israel lobby.”

(Scott Rickard, “US media, politics hijacked by pro-Israel lobby: Analyst,” July 28, 2015)

  • “The Zionist lobby in the United States is using its tremendous influence in Congress to place Israel’s interest ahead of America’s, including launching more conflicts in the Middle East and trying to derail any nuclear agreement with Iran.”
  •  “They’re nothing but traitors to America, pushing another war for Israel vs. Iran like they did with Iraq.”

(James Morris, “Israeli-occupied US Congress seeks war with Iran: Analyst,” July 22, 2015)

For more information about the anti-Semitism broadcast on Press TV, read ADL’s full report.

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April 24, 2015

Kevin Barrett Promotes New Book Claiming Israel Behind Paris Attacks

Update — 5/27/15: Barrett is continuing his speaking tour with stops in Michigan, Ontario, Alberta, California, Washington, and Georgia in May-August.

Kevin Barrett, anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist and frequent Press TV contributor, is on a speaking tour of the Midwest from April 19-30 to promote his new anti-Semitic and conspiratorial book, We Are Not Charlie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11.

Cover of Barrett's new book

Cover of Barrett’s new book

According to Barrett, his book tour includes stops at public libraries in Iowa, the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City, the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, as well as stops in Peoria, Illinois and Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin.

A photo posted on Facebook shows approximately 15 people in attendance for his talk in Fairfield, Iowa.

Barrett’s We Are Not Charlie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11 features essays by Barrett as well as from twenty-one others, most of which claim that the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters and at a kosher market in Paris were a “false flag operation” perpetrated by any number of culprits including the Israeli government, the United States government, and/or the French government.

The majority of the interviews and essays featured in the anthology allege that Israel, with or without help from the United States, orchestrated the attacks. Barrett claims that these attacks were just one in a long history of events – such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 anthrax poisonings – perpetrated by Israel in order to “incite hatred of Muslims and solidarity with Israel.”

Such conspiracy theories are nothing new for Barrett, who recently appeared on Iran’s English-language propaganda network, Press TV, where he claimed that Jews and/or Israel were behind the cre­ation of ISIS, the 2011 attacks in Nor­way that left 77 peo­ple dead, and the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

In his new book, Barrett invokes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about supposed Jewish manipulation of world events, claiming that the West does not comprehend Israel’s duplicity because of “the extent of clandestine Zionist power; and the fact that the Holocaust story has become the most sacred narrative of the West, despite the questionable factual basis of some of its most important details.”

Photo posted on Facebook of Barrett speaking in Fairfield, Iowa

Photo posted on Facebook of Barrett speaking in Fairfield, Iowa

This theme is echoed by anti-Semitic columnist Paul Craig Roberts, who writes that Israel committed the Paris attacks to nefariously influence the French government’s policies on the Middle East. The attacks, he alleges, “served Israel’s destruction of Palestinians and stifled rising European opposition to Israel’s theft of the West Bank and military assaults on Gaza.”

9/11 conspiracy theorist Barbara Honegger posited other motivations for Israel to have committed the Paris attacks. Honegger writes, “Israel was a secret hand behind the attacks designed to fan the fear of violent anti-Semitism toward the goal of mitigating its growing demographic crisis by increasing Jewish emigration to Israel.”

Ashahed Muhammad, assistant Editor of the Nation of Islam’s Final Call newspaper and author of The Synagogue of Satan, does not state explicitly that Israel is to blame for the Charlie Hebdo shooting, but does maintain that “in media, politics, academia, or social activism, the world is bullied into compulsory obedience by the muscular Israel first lobby,” raising anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about supposed Jewish control of a number of sectors of society.

One notable exception to the “false flag” narrative promoted by Barrett’s book is an essay by Rabbi Michael Lerner. Lerner reportedly was “absolutely misled” by Barrett when Barrett asked the rabbi’s permission to include his writing in the book.

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April 3, 2015

Iran’s Press TV Continues To Broadcast Anti-Semitism As “News”

Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language news network, continues to provide a platform for American anti-Semites to spread hateful conspiracy theories, starting 2015 with news reports that Jews are behind all that is wrong with the world.

American Anti-Semite Mark Dankof on Press TV in 2015.

American Anti-Semite Mark Dankof on Press TV in 2015.

Press TV is the Iranian government’s primary English-language propaganda tool, promoting a wide range of pernicious anti-Semitic conspiracy theories as “news” to a worldwide audience.

Operated by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Press TV serves as a mouthpiece for American anti-Semites, conspiracy theorists, and Holocaust deniers, who help amplify the Iranian regime’s hateful messages.

Press TV started 2015 with news reports that Jews and/or Israel were behind the attack at the Char­lie Hebdo office in Paris, the creation of ISIS, the 2011 attacks in Norway that left 77 people dead, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  • Creation of ISIS:  Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent Press TV con­trib­u­tor, stated on January 20, 2015 in a piece titled “Zionist NWO murders Iranian general, American filmmaker” that “The Zionists created ISIL and sent it to fight Muslims and Christians in Syria and Iraq…New World Order Zionism is also targeting the USA for destruction.”
  • 2011 attacks in Norway:  Barrett stated in a February 17, 2015 article titled “9/11 attack was Zionist coup d-etat to seize power in US: Scholar” that “…Zionist pre-emptive murderers excel at ‘killing the future’…A team of Zionist-liked professional killers executed a total of 77 people, while Zionist-freemasonic assets in the Norwegian police and military stood by.”
  • 9/11 terrorist attacks: In the same February 2015 article Barrett stated that “The September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were a Zionist ‘coup d’etat’ to seize power in the country and launch a permanent war on Islam on behalf of Israel…”

Press TV articles and broadcasts in 2015 also continue to allege that Zionists control the media, politics, finance, and other sectors and supposedly use this control for nefarious purposes.

For example, vir­u­lent anti-Semite and for­mer Klan leader, David Duke stated in a March 19, 2015 article titled “Zionists know war with Iran can upset their apple cart: Ex-US state lawmaker” that “These more cunning Zionist extremists think that war might upset their apple cart, but they are still moving toward the same objective, that is the expansion of Israel, the destruction of the Palestinians, the destruction of the rights of all the nations of the world and a subservience to a Zio-globalist economy, the Zio-globalist government.”

For more information, please see ADL’s full updated report on Press TV.

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