Spanish Satellite Provider Bans Iranian Channel That Blamed Newtown Shootings on Israel
Two Iranian television channels, including one that recently blamed the Newtown, Conn., school shooting on “Israeli death squads”—were banned from Hispasat, a Spanish communication satellites group.
“This is an important development in the worldwide effort to contain the defiant regime in Tehran, one we have been watching carefully for months and discussing with our friends in Spain,” American Jewish Committee (AJC) Executive Director David Harris said in a statement Dec. 20.
Hisapat terminated the broadcasting of Iran’s Press TV and Hispan TV. In its “reporting” on gunman Adam Lanza’s murder of 26 people (20 children, six staffers) at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Press TV cited former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Michael Harris—an Arizona-based contributor to the anti-Semitic web site, Veterans Today—who said Israeli “revenge” and “rage” against the U.S. were behind the shooting. Lanza, the channel said, was Israel’s “fall guy.”
“This is another case where Israel has chosen violence and terrorism where their bullying in Washington has failed,” Press TV quoted Harris as saying.
AJC’s Harris said, “No satellite company in the Western world should enable the dissemination of propaganda from an Iranian government that denies human rights, supports terror organizations and is determined to achieve nuclear weapons capability.”