In response to February 15, 2019 statements by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference, in which he accused Iran of Nazi-like antisemitism, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif explained the next day, in an interview with the German daily Der Spiegel, that Iran was not antisemitic, and that "Iran has always supported the Jews, we are only against Zionists. The Holocaust was a disaster."
Disproving Zarif's statements are many antisemitic statements by figures at the very core of the Iranian regime. One of these figures is Mehdi Taeb, head of the Ammar Headquarters think tank that advises Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, a close associate of Khamenei himself, and the brother of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)'s intelligence chief Hossein Taeb.
This report will present antisemitic and anti-Zionist statements made by Taeb in a six-part lecture series in late 2018, and at the "Consultation and Clarification on Ways to Confront the Zionists" conference in 2019. For MEMRI clips and reports on Taeb, see the appendix to this report.
The Ammar Headquarters, Headed By Mehdi Taeb
The Ammar Headquarters, which Mehdi Taeb heads, was established on February 11, 2011, on Iran's Islamic Revolution Day, following the 2009 Green Movement protests in Iran, in response to Khamenei's instruction to his loyalists in the political and cultural elite to prevent a recurrence of the protests. Aimed at strengthening absolute obedience to Khamenei and to the principle of the Rule of the Jurisprudent, its 15 members are for the most part senior regime officials and prominent theoreticians in hardline ideological circles. Taeb's deputy is Alireza Panahian, a senior official in Khamenei's office who heads Khamenei's think tanks in Iranian universities. Other members are Saeed Ghasemi, former senior IRGC official and now a senior member in the hardline Iranian Hizbullah group, and Hassan Abassi, IRGC theoretician and head of the IRGC's Doctrinal Center for National Security.
The Ammar Headquarters members draw up strategies for monitoring and thwarting subversive anti-regime activity, both inside and outside the country, calling this activity "soft warfare." Deputy commander Panahian explained the role of the organization as "monitoring the fulfillment of Khamenei's demands, coordinating among the Islamic Revolution forces, overseeing the [regime's] organizational activity, monitoring the activity of the front that opposes the Islamic Revolution, identifying overt and covert enemy activity and enemy agents within Iran, and raising [public] awareness in the arena of internal developments."
The Fifth World Holocaust Forum, set to convene on January 23, 2020, in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, is being widely covered in the Palestinian media, primarily with criticism and condemnation. One of the articles on it that stood out was Fatah Revolutionary Council member Muwaffaq Matar's column in today's Al-Hayat Al-Jadida daily. In it, Matar referenced Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas's 1982 doctoral dissertation at Moscow's Oriental College, "The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism, 1933-1945," on which his 1984 book The Other Side; The Secret Connection Between The Nazis And The Zionist Movement's Leadership, was based, claiming that the Jewish Holocaust victims numbered less than one million.
Matar wrote that 'Abbas had "revealed the facts regarding the Zionist movement's collaboration with the Nazis in this crime [i.e. the Holocaust], with the aim of prompting mass Jewish emigration from Europe to Palestine." He continued: "[Abbas] did this in his book The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism [sic], published in Arabic in 1984, which was originally his 1982 dissertation submitted for his degree at Russia's University of Friendship Between Peoples. President Abu Mazen [Abbas] saw the Jews in the Holocaust who had been uprooted from their original homeland and were being driven to emigrate by the deprivation and the racist terrorism as victims of a great plot [on the part of the Zionist leadership]. The Palestinian people was the other side [that suffered] from this historic crime that has been continuing for 70 years."
Muwaffaq Matar (image: alwatanvoice.com)
In 2002, MEMRI published a report on 'Abbas' dissertation and on the book that he based on it; MEMRI has in its possession copies of both.
The following is the 2002 MEMRI report:
In recent years, the Moroccan King and senior Moroccan officials have taken a clear stance against antisemitism and stressed the need to teach the values of tolerance and coexistence as lessons of the Holocaust. Pro-Palestinian organizations in the country have condemned this discussion of the Holocaust as an expression of normalization with Israel.
While most Arab countries refrain from addressing the issue of antisemitism and from including the topic of the Holocaust in their school curricula, Morocco appears to be taking a different approach. Speaking at international conferences and forums dealing with the Holocaust and intercultural dialogue, Moroccan regime officials, headed by King Mohammed VI, have frequently spoken of the need to condemn antisemitism, to instill the values of tolerance and religious coexistence in Moroccan society and to learn the lessons of the Holocaust, while stressing the pivotal role of education in this context.
The Moroccan king's position, unusual in the Arab world, was already evident in 2009, when he referred to the Holocaust as "one of the most painful disasters in the history of mankind." This was at a time when the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was calling the Holocaust "a Western invention", and while antisemitism and Holocaust denial were also rampant in many other parts of the Arab and Muslim world. The king's statements were read out on his behalf by the Moroccan minister for religious affairs at the launching ceremony of the Aladdin Project, an international NGO devoted to rapprochement between cultures and especially between Jews and Muslims. The king said: "My approach and the approach of my people to the disaster of the Holocaust is far removed from the approaches that seem to suffer from a kind of amnesia [i.e., Holocaust denial]. Our approach is intent upon in-depth study of one of the wounds that are etched in our collective memory, and which we have worked to define as one of the most painful disasters in the history of mankind."
Today, January 21, 2020, the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, entitled "Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism," marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is set to open in Jerusalem, in the presence of dozens of presidents, kings, and leaders from across the world. On January 18, 2020, just a few days before the convening of the forum, the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida journal, mouthpiece of the Palestinian Authority (PA), published an article by Yahya Rabah, a senior official in the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip and a columnist for the paper, in which he urges Palestinians to perpetrate a terror attack to disrupt the forum and lead to its cancellation. He writes: "One shot will disrupt the ceremony, and one corpse will have it cancelled."
The following are translated excerpts from the article:
The article by Yahya Rabah (Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, PA, January 18, 2020)
"...Israel's situation which relies on Trump is not good. Furthermore, it's poised on the edge of an abyss. It has no restraints, attributes no importance to anything, and if it encounters any difficulties the United States, led by Trump, fulfils its obligations [and helps it] ... yet despite all this Israel's situation is the worst it could possibly be and it is at the edge of an abyss."
On January 12, 2020, a user on the online platforms Bitchute and Disqus doxxed a Child Protective Services (CPS) staffer, claiming that the staffer had kidnapped his child. A video he posted online on January 9 and statements he made on his online profiles suggest that he may take action against this staffer and other state employees. While he mentions that at this time he is going through legal channels and is crowdsourcing for help, based on his posts there is reason to believe that he is armed.
Under his video, the user wrote: "I have called the State Attorney General's office and left my name and number if they don't call back Monday morning [January 13] i will call them after noon if they don't help, I will handle this myself and it won't be pretty" [sic.] In the video, he discusses the Jewish roots of the staffer's surname.
On January 8, 2020, referring to his child's alleged kidnapping, he wrote: "IM going to kill some people and its going to be a miserable death I bring them!"
That day, he also wrote that he had in his possession the names and addresses of other CPS staffers, as proof that he is serious about his threat.
This user has regularly posted violent threats on the platforms, saying that he wants to kill Jews, and frequently posts messages about antisemitic conspiracy theories.
An app available on Google Play is being praised by white supremacists seeking to avoid foods that are certified kosher. The app bills itself as "a tool to make you a better-informed consumer at the grocery store" and features "a database of products that DO NOT display an obvious kosher certification seal" so that "those consumers not requiring to follow strict religious dietary laws" may "exercise their dietary free will in choosing non-certified products." It also notes that it can be useful for "kosher-keeping shoppers."
The app has been promoted by neo-Nazis such as former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke and his associate Dr. Patrick Slattery. In 2018, the app was removed from the Apple App store but it can still be purchased on Google Play.
One neo-Nazi KKK member on the Russian social media platform VK promoted the app in a December 7, 2019 post, and posted a screenshot of his review in the Google Play store. Other reviews show that the app is used by antisemites.
It is worth noting that the app has no Facebook or Instagram presence, though a few individual users have recommended it on those platforms.
The app has also been promoted by numerous white supremacist radio shows, and sponsored a neo-Nazi podcast.
The following report will examine the app and its reviews.
An engaged couple share photos of their family life with their three daughters as they also promote Klan activity and recruitment on Vkontakte, the Russia-based social media platform. The family of five resides in the U.S. The woman, who has described herself as a skinhead, has a day job in a factory and assists her fiance, a top national KKK leader, with maintenance of the website of one of the nation's largest KKK goups.
The man is a longstanding figure in white supremacist circles. He headed a local KKK unit, in a section of the organization founded by David Duke. From there he went on to create the current large KKK goup, in 1996. He has had multiple run-ins with the law; federal agents raided his home as part of an investigation into an alleged bomb plot to destroy a federal building, but the charges against him were eventually dropped.
The fiancee has shared that her partner had been in prison for four years and, following that, on probation for another four years. His prison sentence was for drug and weapons charges. He appears to divides his time between raising the couple's three daughters and promoting his KKK group's activity and ideology.
The following report will focus on the couple's activity on VK.
Klan and Nazi Ideology Spread on VK
On her VK profile, the woman lists her interests as, inter alia, "fighting for my race to secure in the future for all our WHITE children."
A quote by Adolf Hitler is one of her favorites: "Socialism as the final concept of duty, the ethical duty of work, not just for oneself but also for one's fellow man's sake, and above all the principle: Common good before own good, a struggle against all parasitism and especially against easy and unearned income. And we were aware that in this fight we can rely on no one but our own people. We are convinced that socialism in the right sense will only be possible in nations and races that are Aryan, and there in the first place we hope for your own people and are convinced that socialism is inseparatable from nationalism."
The couple's profile both list the same mobile number. The area code is linked to North Carolina, however, a search for the number yields no results; it is possible that it is a VoIP number.
The January 3, 2020 killing by the U.S. of IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani prompted responses from white supremacist groups and individuals, who regularly comment on global issues. There have been two main types of response: mourning for an anti-U.S. and anti-Zionist figure, and support for or indifference to his killing since he was a) responsible for the deaths of U.S. soldiers and civilians, and b) a Muslim in a region far from the U.S. Also expressed was criticism of the U.S. government for the attack, on the grounds that it is fighting Israel's battles.
The following is a review of reactions on white supremacist platforms and social media accounts:
Support For Soleimani
On January 5, the official Telegram channel of a white nationalist para-military organization posted an image of Soleimani with a message of support reading: "[we] would like to express our condolences to the Islamic Republic of Iran for the loss of the great Major General Qasem Soleimani."
The following report reviews the sales of antisemitic books in French on Amazon.fr, with a focus on French antisemitic writer Hervé Ryssen. Amazon's platform is available to antisemitic authors writing in many languages, including French. In France, Amazon.fr contravenes the French hate speech laws which aim at protecting individuals and groups from defamation on the grounds of identity.
Indeed, Amazon appears to be the largest library of antisemitic books online. Not only does it enable readers from all parts of the world to buy the books, but it also encourages purchases as Christmas gifts during the holiday season, offers free shipping, and in the same way that it routinely offers additional books to its clients based on their preferences, suggests a wide range of additional antisemitic titles, with the caption: "the clients who bought this item also bought [the following items]," followed by a series of antisemitic titles which it offers for sale.
Amazon's suggestions for more antisemitic books to buy
National Socialist Black Metal (NSBM) music is widely circulated on many social media platforms, including Telegram, Last.Fm, VK, Facebook, iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify, Bitchute, and YouTube. Several channels on Telegram share links to songs and ideological content in keeping with the genre's Nazi rhetoric. Links from Telegram channels are also posted to the video-hosting service Bitchute and to YouTube, which often removes this content. There is an overlap between Telegram channels that post NSBM and those that promote violence. Additionally, NSBM music festivals are promoted on these Telegram channels.
The following report will look at platforms that host NSBM content. Some make it available at no cost, and others offer it for sale.
NSBM On Telegram
On October 28, 2018, the [redacted] Telegram channel published its first post. It says that it focuses on "true terror propaganda, hate literature and W.A.R. anthems by those who act. We will not appease the weak or coddle to any feeble scene tourists who try to ride along our superiority. The line has been drawn and you're standing on our opposing side. Expect death. Sieg Heil."
In a December 28, 2019 article in the Jordanian daily Al-Ghad, 'Abdallah Kan'an, secretary-general of Jordan's Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs,  wrote that the festival of Hanukkah is based on traditions relating to the "false" Jewish Temple, and therefore constitutes a direct threat to the Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem. Titled "The Festival of Lights – A Zionist Colonialist Ritual, Not A Jewish Religious Festival," the article claims that Israel and right-wing organizations in it use Hanukkah to further their plans of Judaizing Jerusalem and to carry out mass raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque "in the guise of Talmudic religious rituals."
It should be noted that the article was published amid tension between Israel and Jordan, including over the Jordanian Waqf's management of the Al-Aqsa compound and Jordan's opposition to Jewish worshippers visiting the compound. A month ago, Jordan's king even said that "relations with Israel are at an all-time low."
'Abdallah Kana'an (source: rcja.org.jo)
The following are excerpts from Kan'an's article.
"In realizing its Zionist plans in Palestine and Jerusalem, Israel's colonialist occupation policy relies on phony religious justifications and excuses designed to mislead global opinion and elicit its support. The religious rituals create an atmosphere that allows the Israeli government and the right-wing organizations that support it to carry out their systematic Judaizing programs in Jerusalem that target the entire area of the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque (144 dunams).
"The Jews are currently celebrating the Festival of Lights, or Hannukah..., commemorating the building and dedication of the false Second Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BC. The misleading Jewish tradition claims that some Jews needed olive oil to light the seven-branched candelabra, but they only had enough oil for one day. But by a miracle, they claim, this small amount lasted for the eight days required to produce more oil. The main ritual of this holiday is the lighting of the eight-branched candelabra (called hanukkiah) after sundown. On the first night of the holiday a single candle is lit while chanting certain prayers, and this is repeated each night until the end of the holiday, on which all eight candles are lit. In addition, large electric candelabras are erected in squares and public buildings."
Indonesian-American Imam Mohamad Joban of Masjid Ar-Rahmah in Redmond, WA delivered a lecture focusing on a Quranic story of a town of Jews who were transformed into apes by Allah for having rebelled against Him by setting fishing nets on Friday, before the Sabbath, and collecting the fish on Sunday. He said that this story was never exposed because the Jews cover up bad stories about themselves and always pretend to be pious. Laughing, he told how the Jews who had been transformed into apes cried because they couldn't recognize one another as apes.
Then Imam Joban said that in another verse, the violators were transformed into pigs. He discussed the question whether the transformed Jews had offspring and said that there are two views about this. However, he mentioned two cases, from Egypt and Malaysia, where newborns looked like descendants of apes and pigs. Imam Joban and his congregation chanted from the Quran responsively: "When [the Jews] rebelled against the commands to refrain, [Allah] said to them, 'Be despicable apes'..." Imam Joban is a full-time Imam at Masjid Ar-Rahmah, which belongs to the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). The lecture was uploaded to the MAPS Redmond YouTube channel on December 17, 2019.
Every year during Ramadhan, MAPS Redmond hosts an Annual Interfaith Iftar event. These events have been attended by high-profile local, state, and federal government officials. These officials have included, but are not limited to, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brad Deardorff, U.S. Rep. Roger Goodman (D-WA), officials from the offices of congressmen Rep. Dave Reichert (R) and Rep. Adam Smith (D), members of the Washington State Senate such as Bob Hasegawa, representatives from the office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, the Mayor of the City of Bellevue, WA, officials from King County, WA, and members from the Seattle Jewish and Christian communities. In 2003, Imam Joban led a prayer at the Washington State House of Representatives. Imam Joban has previously served as the Imam of the Islamic Center of Olympia, in Olympia, WA.
To view the clip of Imam Mohamad Joban on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
In the interest of public safety, some of the information in the following report has been redacted. Government, media, and academia can request a full copy by writing to [email protected] with the title of this report in the subject line.
Since June 2019, the "R.D." Telegram channel has been posting content promoting rape as both an action and an ideology, in addition to posting antisemitic and racist imagery including a call for executing all African-Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces. The channel also shares a guide to manufacturing weapons using 3D printing, lionizes Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant, and promotes James Mason's 1992 white supremacist book Siege.
The channel, which appears to have had an earlier version, had posted a "disclaimer" aimed at possible law enforcement monitoring: "Rape War Soon! Prepare! Note for feds: Complete satire." Thus, the content posted on the channel and in the chat group ranges from direct incitement against women and ethnic groups to satirical texts and images.
Description Of The Content
The texts, imagery, and links posted by the channel promote violent white supremacy and misogyny, and indicate not only potential targets for attacks but also instructions for how to carry them out, in the form of guides for manufacturing weapons.
Rape and Misogyny
A misogynistic October 5 post refers to women as race traitors: "Remember, women are proactively diminishing the white race through decisions led on pure emotion. Make sure the only thing these race traitors ever know again is the forceful insertion of a man's primal power."
On December 17, 2019, Pakistan's leading Islamist Urdu-language newspaper, Roznama Ummat, published a front-page report, in which it alleges that Pakistani government leaders have foiled attempts by Israel and Israeli firms to influence the rulers of Saudi Arabia.