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July 24, 2013 0

Iran’s Anti-Semitic Press TV Now Live Streaming On YouTube

Update — Sep­tem­ber 18, 2013: His­pan TV, Iran’s Spanish-language net­work, fol­lows Press TV’s exam­ple by start­ing a live stream fea­ture on YouTube

Update — August 8, 2013: Press TV news­room direc­tor Hamid Reza Emadi today announced the cre­ation of a new YouTube chan­nel, one week after Press TV’s account had been sus­pended by the video shar­ing web­site. Press TV’s new chan­nel does not include the live stream fea­ture which appeared on their pre­vi­ous channel.

Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s English-language satel­lite news net­work that pro­motes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, has begun to live stream its media con­tent on the pop­u­lar video shar­ing web­site, YouTube. press-tv-youtube-live-anti-semitism

Press TV’s live YouTube feed, which orig­i­nates from the offi­cial Press TV Global News chan­nel, went live on July 23. Links to the YouTube page are pro­moted on Press TV’s Eng­lish– and Farsi– lan­guage websites.

The sta­tions broad­cast on YouTube comes at a time when the United States, the Euro­pean Union and other in the inter­na­tion­ally com­mu­nity are seek­ing to iso­late Iran by block­ing satel­lite trans­mis­sions by the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s state broad­caster that pro­duces Press TV.

While users have been able to access Press TV’s live stream directly through the network’s web­site, YouTube pro­vides the net­work a pop­u­lar new plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate its anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries to a world­wide audience.

Since E.U. and U.S. sanc­tions went into effect, IRIB and sup­port­ers of the Iran­ian regime have tried to bypass sanc­tions by pro­vid­ing lives feeds through iPhone and iPad apps and through inter­net stream­ing directly on the net­works’ websites.

ADL has con­tacted YouTube regard­ing con­cerns about Press TV using YouTube as a con­duit for the per­va­sive anti-Semitism the Iran­ian media out­let is known for.

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June 19, 2013 0

Where Calling Someone A Jew Or An Israeli Is The Ultimate Insult

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Nas­ral­lah bill­board in Tripoli, Lebanon

A bill­board in the streets of Tripoli, Lebanon, insult­ing Hezbol­lah Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Has­san Nas­ral­lah demon­strates how even an enemy of the Jew­ish peo­ple like Nas­ral­lah is sub­ject to attack by his ene­mies as being a tool of the Jews.

The bill­board, appar­ently placed last week in response to Hezbollah’s sup­port of the Syr­ian government’s ongo­ing fight with Sunni rebels, shows Nas­ral­lah with the Star of David on his tur­ban, blood around his mouth and wear­ing a black eye patch, an appar­ent ref­er­ence to the iconic image of Israeli mil­i­tary leader Moshe Dayan. The script below the image said “Your mask fell off, oh you mur­derer of chil­dren and women.”

The bill­board is a reflec­tion of a larger schism within the Mus­lim world between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. Both sides are invok­ing accu­sa­tions of being a Jew or Israeli against the other as the ulti­mate insult.

Tripoli, a city with a major­ity of Sun­nis, has expe­ri­enced esca­lat­ing sec­tar­ian ten­sion in response to Hezbollah’s sup­port for Syr­ian pres­i­dent Bashar Hafez al-Assad and his troops, which have been fight­ing Sunni rebels in Syria for over a year.

Images of the Nas­ral­lah bill­board have been widely shared on social media by those sym­pa­thetic with the Syr­ian rebels as well. Sev­eral Twit­ter users explic­itly accuse Nas­ral­lah of being a Jew, some claim­ing all Shia Mus­lims are allied with the Jews. It is a clas­sic exam­ple of blur­ring the the line between anti-Israel and anti-Semitism propaganda.

Last Feb­ru­ary ADL issued a press release denounc­ing a sim­i­lar con­spir­acy the­ory in the Mid­dle East, which claimed the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood was secretly allied with Jews.

This past month, videos posted on YouTube showed demon­stra­tors in Syr­ian cities chant­ing “Shia Shia oh you Jews… The army of Muham­mad will return.” The slo­gan is a take­off on the anti-Semitic slo­gan evok­ing the story of slay­ing thou­sands of Jews from the tribe of Khaiber in Ara­bia 1400 years ago.

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June 18, 2013 6

Leaked “Khaiber” Episodes Confirm ADL Concern Over Anti-Semitic Themes

The first two episodes of “Khaiber,” a multi-million dol­lar tele­vi­sion series com­mem­o­rat­ing the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th cen­tury, have been posted on Youtube. The episodes, which series pro­duc­ers report­edly claim have been leaked, reveal the degree to which clas­si­cal anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives are being pro­moted in the program.

Sched­uled to air dur­ing Ramadan next month, the episodes depict life prior to the rise of Islam in the Ara­bian city of Yathrib, where the Jew­ish tribe of Khaiber lived between the two Arab tribes of Al-Aws and Al-Khazraj.

Khaiber Rab­bis are por­trayed as secretly con­spir­ing to fuel war between the Arabs in order to weaken them. The main char­ac­ter, the Grand Rabbi in Yathrib, Hayi Ben Akhtab, seeks to sow con­flict between Arabs to pro­mote the weapon indus­try, which Jews con­trol, accord­ing to the episodes. Another char­ac­ter, a Rabbi by the name of Shas, is depicted as a sym­bol of Jew­ish hatred to the Prophet Muhammad.

Other Jews who live in the city are depicted as fru­gal, greedy and immoral mer­chants who profit from the Arabs. The one Jew­ish char­ac­ter that is depicted as a good man awaits the appear­ance of Muham­mad to con­vert to Islam.

Last Feb­ru­ary, ADL first reported on the Echo Media Qatar pro­duc­tion and on Egypt­ian author, Yusri al-Jindy, who wrote the script for the mini-series. ADL exposed the trou­bling his­tory of al-Jindy’s pre­vi­ous work, which prop­a­gated anti-Semitism and extreme anti-Israel themes.

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