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September 18, 2013

Iran’s Hispan TV Follows Press TV’s Footsteps With Live Stream On YouTube

Update — September 20, 2013: After ADL contacted YouTube regarding Hispan TV’s use of YouTube to live stream the Iranian network’s pervasive anti-Semitism, the stream feature was disabled.  

Hispan TV, the Iranian government’s Spanish-language satellite news network, began a live stream of its network on YouTube one week ago. Like its English-language sister station Press TV, Hispan TV regularly broadcasts anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist conspiracy theories.hispan-tv-iran-youtube

Hispan TV’s use of YouTube to live stream its broadcast, which originates from the offi­cial Hispan TV Nexo Latino network, follows the disabling of Press TV’s live stream on YouTube.

ADL exposed Press TV’s YouTube stream in July, a day after it was launched. ADL also contacted YouTube regard­ing con­cerns about Press TV using YouTube as a con­duit for the per­va­sive anti-Semitism the Iran­ian media out­let is known for.

As E.U. and U.S. sanctions have increasingly tightened on Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s state broad­caster that pro­duces Hispan TV and Press TV, has tried to bypass sanctions by providing live feeds of its networks through YouTube. At present, YouTube lacks an effective flagging system for live feed technology.

Increasing its influence in Latin America has been a strong feature of the Iranian government’s foreign policy in the last decade, and Hispan TV serves as a platform to spread Tehran’s conspiracy theories, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

A July 29, 2013, article on a speech made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, quoted the outgoing president as having “Two questions regarding the supposed ‘Holocaust’” and “Why don’t they [the Jews] allow an investigation about the Holocaust and why not indicate where the Holocaust occurred?”

Conspiracies alleging the undue power of the pro-Israel lobby are also frequently featured by Hispan TV. In an article published on July 30, 2013, at the height of the New York City mayoral race, the “Jewish lobby” is characterized as seeking out a candidate who can rule the city for the Jewish lobby. “Is Anthony Weiner only a product of his time, like Clinton, or was he valuable ‘damaged goods’ for the Jewish lobby who thought of him as the perfect controllable asset to govern the city of New York for them?” 

A June 2013 article posted on the Hispan TV website promotes a conspiracy that Israeli scientists falsified Jewish genetic ancestry to justify Israel’s creation. “They committed this fraud only to support the false claim to biblical Palestine, which was rooted in the idea of being a separate people… With this DNA test, they secured a passport barcode to Palestine,” the article claims.

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July 24, 2013

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

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


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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