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December 4, 2014 1

Syrian Counterterrorism Conference Attracts U.S. Anti-Semites

The Syr­ian government’s Coun­tert­er­ror­ism and Reli­gious Extrem­ism Con­fer­ence is the lat­est con­fer­ence orga­nized by a for­eign gov­ern­ment that has attracted Amer­i­can anti-Semites.

Gordon Duff

Gor­don Duff

The con­fer­ence in Syria, held on Novem­ber 30 and Decem­ber 1, brought together rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 25 coun­tries with Syr­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials who report­edly harshly crit­i­cized the U.S. led anti-ISIS coali­tion and sug­gested an “Inter­na­tional Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Forum” be estab­lished in Dam­as­cus instead to deal with this issue. Syria’s Jus­tice Min­is­ter Najm al-Ahmad report­edly stated at the con­fer­ence that the U.S. is “inter­fer­ing in other states’ affairs and breach­ing their sov­er­eignty under the pre­texts of human­i­tar­i­an­ism and counterterrorism.”

Atten­dees from Europe at the con­fer­ence included far-right politi­cians such as Nicholas John Grif­fin, a for­mer chair­man and later pres­i­dent of the far-right British National Party and Philip Dewin­ter and Frank Creyel­man, mem­bers of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Flem­ish nation­al­ist party.

Four of the eight Amer­i­cans who par­tic­i­pated in the con­fer­ence were from Vet­er­ans Today, a web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news.

Jim Dean, a man­ag­ing edi­tor for Vet­er­ans Today who has made claims of Israeli con­trol of Amer­ica, attended the con­fer­ence and told an Arabic-language news­pa­per that Vet­er­ans Today has “uncon­firmed reports that a secret U.S. orga­ni­za­tion sup­ported by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad car­ried out assas­si­na­tions of Iran­ian nuclear sci­en­tists” and that “the same orga­ni­za­tion has links to the Islamic State (ISIS) and it super­vises, through a spe­cial­ized depart­ment, the tele­vi­sion film­ing of behead­ings.” He claimed that this secret American-Israeli-supported orga­ni­za­tion sup­pos­edly “over­saw the film­ing of the behead­ing of Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist James Foley in August.”

The del­e­ga­tion from Vet­er­ans Today also included Gor­don Duff, Colonel Jim Hanke, and Mike Har­ris, who has ties to mem­bers of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM) and has claimed that Zion­ists are respon­si­ble for a num­ber of mass shoot­ings in Amer­ica. Among the Amer­i­cans was also Richard Hines, described by the Syr­ian media as a for­mer South Car­olina politi­cian who pre­vi­ously served in the Ronald Rea­gan administration.

Cov­er­age of the con­fer­ence by Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work which pro­vides a plat­form to well-known Amer­i­can anti-Semites and Holo­caust deniers, was con­sis­tent with the conference’s mes­sag­ing, dis­cussing the West’s sup­posed “unprece­dented sup­port for ter­ror­ism in Syria” which aims “to cre­ate sec­tar­ian ten­sions and destroy Syria.”


Syr­ian Prime Min­is­ter Wael Nader al-Halqi

Press TV also claimed that even “U.S. experts slammed Wash­ing­ton for inter­fer­ence in Syria’s inter­nal affairs,” and then pre­sented Gor­don Duff, senior edi­tor at Vet­er­ans Today, as an expert. Duff told Press TV that “think­ing that ISIS…the intel­li­gence sup­port they’re get­ting, that it doesn’t involve mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence agen­cies, that it doesn’t involve a num­ber of gov­ern­ments, is unre­al­is­tic. We have to accept that we’re deal­ing with some­thing that involves a broad conspiracy.”

Oth­ers at the con­fer­ence were not as spe­cific about who to blame for ter­ror­ism in Syria, but dis­cussed it as part of a gen­eral con­spir­acy. Syr­ian Prime Min­is­ter Wael Nader al-Halqi dis­cussed the need “to defeat the con­spir­acy” and Syria’s Jus­tice Min­is­ter Najm al-Ahmad stated that the cur­rent events in Syria rep­re­sented “orga­nized ter­ror­ism backed by sev­eral countries.”

Addi­tion­ally, accord­ing to Syr­ian offi­cial media, Head of Hezbol­lah’s Arab Affairs Divi­sion, Sheik Has­san Ezzil Deen attended the conference.

Other recent con­fer­ences abroad that have hosted Amer­i­can anti-Semites, Holo­caust deniers, and con­spir­acy the­o­rists include the 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence in Iran in Sep­tem­ber 2014, a May 2014 pro-“resistance” con­fer­ence in Beirut that attracted mem­bers of Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups as well as at least three Amer­i­can activists, and the Iran Hol­ly­wood­ism Con­fer­ence in Feb­ru­ary 2013. Amer­i­cans who fre­quent these types of con­fer­ences are often given a plat­form for their fringe views.

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January 2, 2014 8

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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November 13, 2013 2

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


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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