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Iran State Media Airs Anti-Semitic Interviews, Broadcasts for Start of Ramadan

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Screenshot from an anti-Semitic IRINN doc­u­men­tary aired June 30, 2014. Photo: Screenshot.

Iran’s state-run broadcasting authority, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), aired a series of anti-Semitic documentaries and interviews in the lead up to the month-long Mus­lim hol­i­day of Ramadan, watchdog the Anti-Defamation League reported on Tuesday.

The shows included a June 27 interview with Tehran University professor Vali­ol­lah Naghipour­far who promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories claiming Jews use sorcery and witchcraft against the Islamic state.

An IRIB Channel 1 interviewer asked if Iran’s ene­mies can gather intelligence and spy on the country with the use of jinns, super­nat­ural beings in Islamic the­ol­ogy, known as ‘genies’ in West­ern lexicon.

Naghipour­far responded, “Jews have a very strong con­nec­tion with jinns and sehr [magic].” He added that the major­ity of Jews are “sor­cer­ers” who can send jinns to spy on behalf of the Israeli government.

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Three days later, IRIB’s 24-hour news net­work, Islamic Repub­lic of Iran News Net­work (IRINN), aired a short doc­u­men­tary promoting canards of an alleged nefarious Jewish-Zionist agenda and Jew­ish con­trol of various U.S. fields, such as pol­i­tics, poli­cies, Hol­ly­wood and academia.

Titled Zionist Aspirations to Control the West the show used the terms “Zion­ist” and “Jew­ish” inter­change­ably and claim­ed that one of Pres­i­dent Obama’s biggest sup­port­ers is Gold­man Sachs. The show claimed the investment banking firm is “America’s largest bank­ing net­work that has no non-Jewish own­ers and who are all Zion­ists and sup­port­ers of Israel.”

Sev­eral high-ranking offi­cials in global finance, such as for­mer chair­man of the Fed­eral Reserve Ben Bernanke, were depicted as the Jew­ish hands in con­trol of the world’s economy. The doc­u­men­tary also showed a globe with a Star of David super­im­posed on it fol­lowed by the AIPAC logo, claiming that the most pow­er­ful lobby in the U.S. “works for the inter­ests of another coun­try and every­one knows which one.”

The documentary also included scenes from Schindler’s List while claiming exploitation of the Holocaust has helped Jew­s and Zionists build their stature in Hol­ly­wood.

“Zion­ist elites even say that non-Jews are not rec­og­nized as human beings and only Jews have importance,” the narrator claimed.

Ramadan is a prime time tele­vi­sion sea­son for many coun­tries in the Arab and Mus­lim world when mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar tele­vi­sion series are aired nightly after the end of the fast, the ADL noted.

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