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February 5, 2013 1

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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