Neocon propaganda report targets H&D contributors and ‘Iranian network’ in UK

In June 2021 a neocon propaganda outfit (based in London but named after a notoriously pro-Zionist US Senator) published an alarmist “analysis” of “Iranian Influence Networks in the United Kingdom”.

The report was issued by the Henry Jackson Society, named after Sen. Henry Jackson (1912-1983) who led the most pro-Israel wing of the US Democratic Party in the 1960s and 1970s.

Author of the report is Dr Paul Stott – once a leading activist in the violent anarchist group ‘Class War’ – who became a supporter of the ‘right-wing’ United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and is now an Associate Fellow at the HJS.

Anarchist turned neocon Dr Paul Stott

The “Iranian Influence Networks” highlighted by Stott include three individuals who have aired pro-revisionist and/or anti-Zionist views on the Iranian television channel Press TV: Dr James Thring, Dr Nicholas Kollerstrom, and Lady Michèle Renouf.

Dr Thring (author of Peace with Iran) was organiser of a scheduled meeting at the House of Lords in 2012 that was blocked after lobbying by the Jewish Chronicle and other Zionist groups.

Stott complains that:
“In 2008, Press TV gave Kollerstrom a platform to present Holocaust denial, in an article for the Press TV website entitled ‘The Walls of Auschwitz’. Here he argued that the massacre of Jews during WW2 was ‘scientifically impossible’. In the cases of both Thring and Kollerstrom, their conspiracy-laden world view finds some accord, or a platform, with Iran.”

(The HJS report does not mention the row that ensued when the Jewish Chronicle attacked Press TV for this Auschwitz article, later publishing letters in reply from Lady Renouf and Dr Kollerstrom. One Israeli settler fanatic then published a death threat against Lady Renouf on a Canadian neocon website, inciting his fellow Zionists to “send Renouf ricin in a get-well card”.)

Stott goes on to quote the US academic Dr George Michael – “The most notable instance of propaganda sharing between the extreme right and militant Islam has been in the area of historical revisionism” – and identifies two very different Iranian presidents (Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad) as supporters of revisionism.

He does fairly and accurately quote from the 2006 Tehran conference as follows:
“In December 2006, Iran hosted the two-day International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust. Among those given a platform was the British activist Lady Michèle Renouf. In Tehran she gave a passionate speech in support of the Iranian government:
“‘I have come to Tehran to congratulate the Iranians, and those people who voted Dr Ahmadinejad as their president. For this valiant statesman, just like my noble revisionist colleagues, whose right of open debate I proudly champion, seek to speak the truth bravely, and no matter for their personal cost in being demonised, ostracised, or even imprisoned as they are in Europe and Canada, for their rational opinions, which we thought was the glory of our civilisation.’”

Lady Renouf (above right) with President Ahmadinejad in Tehran

Stott adds:
“Lady Renouf denies being on the Far Right and declares that she is motivated not by Holocaust denial but by a desire to ensure ‘debate denial’ does not occur. She has justified her positions by saying ‘People should have the freedom to question the accepted view of what happened. That questioning is part of our culture.’”

The operating assumption of Dr Stott and his ilk is that ‘holocaust denial’ and ‘conspiracy theory’ are inherently ‘extremist’ and in this instance part of a sinister Iranian network to promote anti-Zionism.

It would of course be anathema to Stott and the Henry Jackson Society were anyone to present a corresponding notion that the orthodox historiography of the ‘Holocaust’, and the framework of tyrannical laws established to defend that orthodoxy, are themselves part of a long-established network designed to promote Zionism. (It’s probably no coincidence that within days of Stott’s report, the US Government began moves to censor Iranian-owned news networks.)

Boris Johnson – a few months before he became Prime Minister – addressing a Henry Jackson Society event at Westminster, alongside the Society’s executive director (above right) Dr Alan Mendoza – a Conservative parliamentary candidate and trustee of the President Reagan Memorial Fund Trust.

That such a network exists would seem evident – take the Henry Jackson Society itself. The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote the foreword to an HJS report on “Global Britain” in 2019. The HJS was co-founded by former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, and has been financed by the American-Jewish heiress Nina Rosenwald and Anglo-Jewish businessman Stanley Kalms (now Lord Kalms), a former treasurer of the Conservative Party. It has also taken money from the Japanese Embassy in London to promote anti-Chinese propaganda.

President Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a Henry Jackson Society event in 2020

However one of the men who co-founded the Henry Jackson Society at Cambridge in 2005, defence and foreign policy consultant Matthew Jamison, has denounced the Society’s recent activities:
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that the Henry Jackson Society, when it was founded, would become a far-right, deeply anti-Muslim racist organisation, run in the most dictatorial, corrupt and undemocratic fashion and utilized as a propaganda outfit to smear other cultures, religions and ethnic groups. Indeed, the far-right anti-Muslim racist nature of the HJS has helped to lay the intellectual groundwork for much of what President Trump and his Breitbart reading ‘alt-right’ movement is attempting to do against Muslim people and immigrants in the United States. The HJS for many years has relentlessly demonised Muslims and Islam.”

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