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Wiesenthal Center Urges Phoenix-Based ISP to Drop Iranian Hate Site

November 24, 2010

Center says “IranNazi” site is sanctioned by “the repressive Iranian regime that seeks to demean Jews and Judaism and de-legitimize the state of Israel.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on an Arizona internet service provider to drop an Iran-based website that promotes Holocaust denial. The site, irannazi.ir, is the Internet arm of the so-called “Association for the Study of Nazism in Iran,” says it is dedicated to “The expose of a lie called the Holocaust…” that has been “spread for decades by media affiliated to Zionists and Hollywood.” The site was recently unblocked by government censors at the Ministry of Culture and Guidance after protests from Iran’s Jewish community shut it down for over two weeks. Although the group behind the site claims no link to the Iranian government, its Holocaust denial is in line with the anti-Semitic policies and rhetoric of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

After discovering that the Phoenix-based Attjeu Hosting LLC was hosting irannazi.ir, Wiesenthal Center officials wrote to the company, “This website is sanctioned by the repressive Iranian regime that seeks to demean Jews and Judaism and de-legitimize the state of Israel. As its state policy Iran has also engaged in denial of the Holocaust which not only flies in the face of history but tramples on the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazi regime.”

“In light of these facts we respectfully request that you remove irannazi.ir from your servers,” the Center concluded.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center and a pioneer in the investigation of hate and terror sites on the Internet can be reached directly at 310-210-9750

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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