Holocaust of Lies: US Mainstream Media


By Dr. Kevin Barrett

They’ve done it again.

The mainstream US media has once again mistranslated an Iranian president’s words.

Last time, they were lying to make the former President of Iran sound anti-West and anti-Israel. Now they are lying to make the new President of Iran sound pro-West and pro-Israel.

I suppose that is an improvement. Lying for peace is at least marginally better than lying for war.

But for those who care about truth, the Western mainstream media’s non-stop lies are nothing short of an ongoing holocaust.

Let’s take a closer look at the latest example of Western media duplicity.

CNN mistranslated President Rouhani’s recent interview to make it sound like Rouhani “condemned the Holocaust.”

In fact, both former President Ahmadinejad and current President Rouhani share a common outlook on Israel and the Nazi holocaust – an outlook that is also shared by the vast majority of the people of the Middle East, perhaps even the whole non-European world.

First and most importantly, they agree that whatever the Germans did to the Jews during World War II does not excuse the Zionist theft of even one acre of Palestinian land – much less the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the creation and maintenance of an apartheid “Jewish state.” Second, they believe that the use of the Nazi holocaust story to create a new holocaust in Palestine is an ongoing crime against humanity. Third, they believe that revisionist historians who argue that certain aspects of the Nazi crimes against Jews have been exaggerated deserve a fair hearing – and that the West’s persecution of these historians, by imprisoning them and/or destroying their reputations and livelihoods, makes a mockery of Western pretensions to support human rights, free speech, and free inquiry.

But the Western media is dominated by Zionists, as former New York Times journalist Phillip Weiss so beautifully explained in his essay: “Do Jews Dominate in American Media? And So What If We Do?” And to most of the pro-Zionist ethnic Jews who dominate the Western media, it is an article of religious faith that the sacred Holocaust somehow justifies the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel. These people are actually devotees of a new religious cult that has been termed “Holocaustianity.”

Israeli professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz first developed the idea that the Holocaust is a new religion. His analysis has been taken up by Israeli-born British philosopher Gilad Atzmon.

The Western media elite therefore reacts to all discussion of “the Holocaust” in the same way that a medieval inquisitor might react to discussion of “the Trinity.” The whole discussion gets reduced to: “Are you a believer or a heretic?”

The mainstream media lied by condemning former President Ahmadinejad as a Holocaust-denying heretic. Now it is lying again by falsely claiming that current President Rouhani is a Holocaust-worshipping true believer like themselves.

The truth is that both presidents view World War II as history, not sacred mythology. And neither accepts the inevitability of an apartheid “Jewish state” in Palestine.

The truth is that outside of Europe and the US, hardly anyone “believes in” the Holocaust the way Americans and Europeans do. For those not under the influence of the Holocaustianity-dominated Western mainstream media and academia, the Germans’ World War II-era crimes against Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, dissidents, and others are no more sacred than dozens or even hundreds of other examples of man’s inhumanity to man.

The American slave-trade holocaust, according to various estimates, killed tens of millions, as did the Native American holocaust. Even if the sacred “six million” number of Jews killed by the Nazis is correct, both the Native American holocaust and the African slave trade holocaust were vastly larger in scope. Yet in the US, where these holocausts of tens of millions happened, “Holocaust museums” serve as sacred temples that enshrine the holy story of “six million Jews” while downplaying the vastly larger holocausts perpetrated by the ancestors of the museum visitors themselves.

Jesus is reported to have said: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

Apparently it is more comforting to deplore other people’s holocausts than to think about the ones you yourself have committed… or are still committing.

And if we are taking the word “holocaust” to mean “a epic-scale horrific destruction of something precious or sacred,” then perhaps the biggest holocaust of all is the ongoing immolation of truth in the mainstream media. Instead of fretting about the Nazi holocaust of seventy years ago, we should be horrified by the “holocaust of lies” that is happening today.

The latest atrocity against truth: The mainstream media’s account of the chemical weapons incident in al-Ghouta. The media liars claim that Syrian President Assad perpetrated this atrocity. But available evidence strongly suggests that the al-Ghouta attack was a Western intelligence operation designed to create a pretext for a US attack on Syria.

According to credible accounts, Alawi Syrian children from Latakia were kidnapped by Western-supported forces and murdered so they could be displayed to the world as alleged victims of Assad. This was a holocaust of innocent children – and part of the ongoing Western holocaust of lies.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh recently revealed that the whole official Western story of the “war on terror” is a holocaust of lies. Hersh, the dean of American investigative reporters, says that the official account of the alleged killing of Osama Bin Laden is “one big lie… not one word of it is true.”

The torrent of lies about Bin Laden, who died in December, 2001, issues from a contaminated source: The biggest lie ever told by human beings. That, of course, is the official story of 9/11.

The American people are beginning to realize that their country is being murdered in an accelerating holocaust of lies. They did not buy the rationale for attacking Syria. They noticed the surging wave of doubters using the term “false flag” to describe such events as al-Ghouta, the Boston bombings, Sandy Hook, the Sikh temple shooting, the Aurora Colorado shooting, the underwear bomber, and virtually all other attention-grabbing “terror” events going back to 9/11… and before that, Oklahoma City, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Operation Gladio, Operation Northwoods, and the wave of political assassinations that has decimated American leadership since 1963.

And then there is the “holocaust of lies” about what historian William Blum calls the “American Holocaust”: US military and CIA interventions that have killed millions, and destroyed the lives of tens of millions, since World War II.

Today, the holocaust of lies that passes for contemporary American life is threatened by a surge of resistance led by genuinely independent, internet-based media. As a result, “Americans’ trust in US political institutions… is near historic lows, a new poll has revealed,” according to Gallup.

No wonder Americans refused to be stampeded into an attack on Syria.

Will the “holocaust of lies” ever end? Will Americans one day build museums to enshrine the memory of how the Big Liars took over their country… and how Americans rose up and overthrew them?

Israel Denies Christian Peacemaker Teams Entry to Palestine


By Alice Su | MEMO | September 29, 2013

Aletho News

Jonathan Brenneman packed for his second attempt at crossing the Jordan-West Bank border with a jacket, fully charged iPod, letters of official invitation and 500-page collection of Flannery O’Connor stories.

The lanky 25-year-old from St. Mary’s, Ohio had spent nine hours under Israeli border authorities’ questioning just a few days ago. They denied him entry, saying he needed more proof of his purposes in the country. Brenneman prepared better this time around, eating a large breakfast before leaving his uncle’s house in Amman.

Six hours later, Brenneman came back once again.

Brenneman has been volunteering for a year with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), a faith-based organization that supports peacemaking in conflict areas.

CPT has worked in Hebron for nineteen years, where their main activity is walking children to school to protect them from settlers’ attacks.

The volunteers leave every three months to renew their visas and to tell stories about CPT work back home.

This time, Israeli authorities have denied Brenneman’s return.

“They told me it’s because CPT is ‘not recognized by Israel,” Brenneman says. “I asked why that’s a problem if our work is legal, but the soldier just said ‘My commander says you are not allowed.’ That was the end.”

Brenneman’s family in the States wrote to their senator in Ohio, who then contacted the American Embassy in Amman. The embassy’s U.S. Citizen Services called Brenneman in for a meeting, but told him they couldn’t do anything.

They told me the same thing I’ve heard over and over again: Israel is a sovereign nation. They can deny anyone for whatever reason they want, or without reason at all,” Brenneman said.

Two other CPT members have been denied entry in recent months, but Brenneman is the first to be rejected specifically for being a Christian Peacemaker.

The other two were turned back for “security reasons,” Israeli officials said.

“Israel never gives a complete reason for denial,” Brenneman says. “Why? Because if they give a legal reason, you could possibly challenge that.”

Founded two decades ago by North American peace churches of Mennonite tradition, CPT teams have worked in Colombia, Iraq, Bosnia, Chechnya and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, among other places.

Their self-proclaimed mission is to reduce violence by “getting in the way.”

In 2005, four CPT workers were kidnapped in Baghdad, where they had been documenting U.S. military abuse at Abu Ghraib. One of them, a 43-year-old Quaker from Virginia, was killed.

Brenneman, whose mother was born in Bethlehem and whose father is an “eighth or tenth generation American, very white,” joined CPT partly out of religious conviction. He liked CPT’s belief that Christians have to actively pursue peace, Brenneman says.

“You couldn’t be a follower of the Prince of Peace and just sit back, saying ‘I like peace’ in a comfortable Western way,” Brenneman says. “We needed to go out, partner with oppressed people and work towards justice.”

Despite the group’s Christian title, it does not proselytize. CPT teams include members of other faiths. They begin each day with worship, but in a “very ecumenical” form.

“Although we are versed in a language of international law and human rights, we see this more as a moral and spiritual issue,” Brenneman says. “That gives us a much deeper perspective of the evils that are going on.”

In Hebron, these “evils” include violence towards schoolchildren, assault on Palestinian shepherds and military mistreatment at checkpoints. CPT members wake up before 7 a.m. every day to monitor areas of tension. They bring cameras and write reports.

“When there’s an outside set of eyes, soldiers are far less aggressive,” Brenneman says. “It’s kind of sad how racist it is. But, yeah, just having a white person there makes a difference.”

Some critics have asked why CPT does not work in other conflict zones like Syria.

“If you gave us funding so we could start another team in Syria, we would be glad to go,” Brenneman said. But the severity of Syria’s situation does not lessen ongoing injustice in Hebron, he said.

“If you have to go as low as Syria to find someone doing worse things than you, you’re doing some pretty bad stuff.”

Brenneman is waiting in Amman for a new passport before he tries to enter again. He may also try contacting the Israeli Embassy, which has been closed all week for Sukkot.

“If I were you and I got denied twice, I would just give up,” an American Citizen Services official told him.

But CPT is used to arbitrary denial, Brenneman says. In Hebron, soldiers often block the team from their work areas without justification.

“They have guns and can make up whatever rules they want. Some days they make us leave. Some days they let us stay,” Brenneman says. He shrugs. “We continue with our work regardless.”

Rouhani Receives Hero’s Welcome Home


By Al Manar

Iranian President Sheikh Hasan Rouhani returned to Tehran from New York on Saturday after his historic phone call with Barack Obama to cheers from Iranians at Tehran airport.

The Supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, sent his closest foreign policy adviser to greet Sheikh Rouhani.

The presence of Ali Akbar Velayati gave weight to Rouhani’s insistence that he had the highest authority to pursue his diplomatic initiative at the UN general assembly, which culminated in a groundbreaking 15-minute phone conversation with US President Barack Obama on Friday, conducted on a mobile phone while Rouhani was on the way to John F Kennedy airport.

The conversation was the first direct communication between an Iranian a US president since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ external operations wing, the Quds Force, acknowledged the respect the world had shown to Rouhani, attributing it to the “resistance and endurance” of the nation.

“Yesterday, at the moment we were preparing for moving towards the airport, the White House contacted us and expressed the willingness of the US president to have a phone conversation for some minutes,” Sheikh Rouhani told reporters at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport according to the Fars News Agency.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs said a single phone call will not thaw the long history of tension-laden relations between Tehran and Washington.

“We are still at the beginning of a long path. Furthermore, we have our doubts, and, as the Leader said, one cannot be optimistic about these talks; but this is a path the Leader has also said is not opposed to,” Abbas Araqchi said.

Referring to the White House’s request for a meeting between the presidents of the two countries, Araqchi said Hasan Rouhani declined the offer because arranging such a meeting after a long history of tense relations involved many complications.

Araqchi added that after Iran declined the White House’s request for a meeting, the idea of the phone conversation between the presidents came about during consultations among Iran’s representatives to the UN and American officials.