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.
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.