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February 26, 2014

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

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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January 2, 2014

Quenelle Embraced By U.S. Holocaust Denier

The “quenelle,” the anti-Semitic gesture created by French anti-Semitic performer Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, has been gaining a following among anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, and has even been flashed by some professional athletes.gordon-duff-press-tv-anti-semitism

The latest show of support for the quenelle has come from Gordon Duff, a senior editor of the anti-Semitic and conspiratorial Veterans Today. In a January 2, 2014 article published by Press TV, the Iranian government’s English-language propaganda station which frequently provides a platform for American anti-Semites, Duff describes the modified Nazi salute as an “international, inclusive, non-sectarian” symbol that serves as an “antithesis” to Zionism.

In this article, titled “Quenelle: Courage or reverse Nazi salute?” Duff also states that Jews are not a Semitic people, therefore, the quenelle being labeled “anti-Semitic” is false. He also denies the existence of gas chambers at the notorious Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland. Duff claims that this history that Jews were gassed is taught in Europe “virtually at gunpoint.”  

Duff goes on to claim that the intelligence organizations of “dozens of nations” including “Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Britain, India and, especially, the United States” are “managed” by Israel. He also describes Zionists as “monsters” that act “for money and power.”

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