Hassan Alkatib is the Senior International Correspondent for Al Etejah TV, and former Press TV reporter. More of his photos can be seen here: http://hassanalkatib.wordpress.com/photos
“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today” – Malcolm X.
The 21st century began with perhaps the greatest false flag operation in history. The Neocon Zionists planned, prepared, engineered and took the initiative to shape and advance their colonial agenda around the globe, and particularly in Muslim countries. 13 years on from 9/11, the Zionist perpetrators have done an extraordinary job in deceiving the world and terrorising those that dare expose the truth. What this episode in history shows is the breath-taking scope of influence and power the Zionists have over the U.S. and the Western world.
Discussing the true extent of the power and role of the Zionists is a forbidden topic in the sphere of Western mainstream political discourse. But those who stand up to Zionist tyranny and speak the truth found a common platform at the 2nd New Horizon Conference in Tehran. I gave a speech and shared my thoughts on developments in the Middle East and how Zionists have manipulated groups like ISIS and have helped to create chaos and destruction in Iraq and Syria with the ultimate aim of weakening the resistance (spearheaded by Iran) against Zionist and Western colonialism.
The International Conference brought together academics, activists and journalists from mainly Western countries to discuss issues ranging from boycotting Israeli products to the power of Zionist lobbies. Big names such as Gareth Porter, Dr Stephen Sizer, Pepe Escobar, Medea Benjamin, Art Olivier, Wayne Madsen, Sheikh Imran Hosein, Dr Randy Short, Professor Kevin Barrett, Ken O’Keefe and many others gave presentations. There were speakers from Palestine, the UK, the USA, Ireland, Canada, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia and the Congo. I very much liked the contribution from Iranian scholars, politicians, and activists – including Leila Alavi’s inspiring and moving book about Rachel Corrie (it is impossible to talk about Rachel Corrie without a big lump in your throat).
The Conference was also a great opportunity to create links with the organisers, hosts and participants from other countries and to celebrate the works and achievements of those who expose Zionist lies. Iran has very often been a unifying factor in the Muslim world and beyond, so it was encouraging to see participants coming from diverse backgrounds and beliefs, including Sunni, Christian, and Jewish speakers. I feel that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s tough and bold stance (militarily and psychologically) against Zionism has been a factor in raising awareness and encouraging others around the world to speak out against the propaganda and threats from Zionists.
One can argue that the Zionist propaganda machine is losing momentum, especially after the massacres in Gaza. For many years politicians in Britain would line up to defend Israel’s war crimes. But in the last massacre on Gaza in July/Aug 2014 we saw little outward support for Israel from UK politicians. In fact what we saw was a shift in the narrative, and some commentators and politicians were talking about the Palestinians having a right to resist. Just to give a few examples: the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, wrote on his website that “when Israeli ground troops actually move into Gaza, it is my sincere hope that the Palestinians kill as many as are necessary to stop them. That is justified, legal and necessary.” Another is the Lib Dem MP, David Ward, who said he would fire a rocket if he were in Gaza (although he later apologised for saying this). The Conservative party politician, Sayeeda Warsi, resigned her position as the Senior Foreign Office Minister citing the UK’s response as “morally indefensible”. Other senior politicians called for an arms embargo on Israel – something unimaginable a few years ago.
It is important that those who oppose the Zionist agenda come together and help defeat the destructive Zionist narratives, and the New Horizon Conference was an opportunity to do just that. I hope to see more and bigger conferences like this in the future.
PS: The Zionists were a little upset that this conference went ahead, and so they tried to slander and smear the event by falsely claiming it was anti-Semitic. They were upset for no other reason but that the Conference challenged the Zionist political agenda. This was not a Conference about Jews or Judaism, but about Zionists (which includes Christian Zionists, Jewish Zionists and even Muslim Zionists like Saudi Arabia). The Zionist slander and lies will not deter me and many others from participating in future anti-Zionist events.
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Muslim groups in the UK have reported a rising level of Islamophobic hate crime, after a British soldier was killed in London by two young men. Although British Muslim leaders have strongly condemned the murder, they say their community is being targeted for a crime they were not part of. Press TV’s Hassan Alkatib was at the scene of the incident and shows how media hype inflamed the situation.