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Iran State TV Runs Series Featuring Holocaust Deniers and Antisemites

Iranians carry signs and chant anti-Israel slogans at a demonstration after Friday prayers in the capital Tehran on July 28, 2017 against Israeli security measures implemented at the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/Stringer)
Iranians carry signs and chant anti-Israel slogans at a demonstration after Friday prayers in the capital Tehran on July 28, 2017 against Israeli security measures implemented at the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/Stringer)

In Tehran, the Islamic Republic-controlled Channel 4 ran a series of broadcasts with British and American Holocaust deniers before International Holocaust Remembrance Day in late January.

According to a report by the Jerusalem Post, British Holocaust denier Nicholas Kollerstrom told the regime-controlled outlet that it was time to put the "nightmare hallucination narrative" of the Holocaust "to bed" and that the aim of "this holo-hoax tale" was to crush Germany's spirit, according to a translation by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Speaking to the Jerusalem Post, Jason Brodsky, the policy director for United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), said that it was "sadly true to form."

"The Iranian system is showcasing its antisemitism. The Islamic Republic was birthed in antisemitism, and this is just its latest manifestation. Kayhan last year published a guest column praising Hitler, so this year's selection fits into that framework," Brodsky said.

Kayhan newspaper is the one outlet for Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"It starts at the top with Iran's supreme leader citing Holocaust deniers like Roger Garaudy. Providing this platform to such figures is contributing to the spread of anti-Semitism around the world, and Tehran should be ostracized, marginalized, and punished for it. It shouldn't be courted with more engagement," Brodsky said to the Post.

MEMRI stated that the show's introduction in Farsi says "the host is Arash Darya-Bandari. He is an author, translator, and researcher in the field of philosophy, and, like his father Najaf Darya-Bandari, dedicated most of his professional life to translation work. He is a graduate of the University of Berkley [sic] and has spent many years as an academic in Western universities."

The research institute also reported that "Arash Darya-Bandari is also known as Blake Archer Williams.

According to online sources, Williams grew up in the U.S. in a Christian Iranian immigrant family, studied Islamic history at the University of California at Berkeley, converted to Shia Islam and later emigrated to Iran."

Darya-Bandari was told by British Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Nelson that the Holocaust was fictional. "The myth of the Holocaust — it is a myth," Bishop said.

American Holocaust denier Ron Unz to the regime-controlled outlet that the "large-scale introduction of the Holocaust into American public life probably occurred through the graces of Hollywood. In other words, Hollywood is overwhelmingly Jewish-dominated. Most of the leading directors are Jewish. The film studios are generally either owned, dominated, or established by Jewish people, and they all believed in the Holocaust."

Unz went on to deny that six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi German regime, stating that "a couple of hundred thousand Jews died in the concentration camps."

The American Holocaust denier added that "billions of dollars, tens of billions of dollars have been paid out to the alleged 'survivors of the Holocaust' or the State of Israel. You have tremendous vested interests now who are tremendously committed to supporting this notion, even if it does not have much basis in reality."

Other American Holocaust deniers like E. Michael Jones told Channel 4 that "the Holocaust narrative is the fundamental myth of the American empire." "The shower narrative and the Zyklon B disinfecting the clothing narrative got conflated to the showerheads having gas coming out. These Jews had never seen a shower. They didn't know what it was."

Jones said that the death camps in Auschwitz "had a swimming pool. They had all sorts of things that tried to make life better so that these workers would be more productive. Auschwitz was a camp where people were made to work."

Jones went on a rant against Jews and Israel, stating that "the money rules the government, and the money is controlled by Jews and they are the ones who determine the basic policies of the United States of America and that's why we're at war with Iran. This is not in the interest of the American people; this is in the interest of Israel."

American activist Alison Weir told Channel 4 news that "one of the worst things that Israel-partisans have done, I feel, is pushing the U.S. into these massively tragic, destructive wars on behalf of Israel, as part of its control of the region. She added that Israel "embedded Zionists in the Pentagon and the U.S. government [to] push the U.S. to attack Iraq."

Weir explained that "the sad fact is that the Jewish establishment in the U.S. supports Israel and is pushing the wars against Iraq and Iran."

Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian Jews flourished in Iran, and the country's relationship with the state of Israel was economically and militarily strong. Following the overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the ayatollahs coming to power, Iran has supported Islamic Terrorism against the state of Israel and Jewish populations all throughout the world, vowing to wipe them out.

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