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Extremism  
Jim and Joe Rizoli RULE Holocaust Denial and Anti-Semitism

Posted: November 9, 2009


Introduction
Xenophobia
Holocaust Denial and Anti-Semitism
Connections to Other Extremist Groups

The Rizolis have a history of advancing Holocaust denial. Additionally, although Jim Rizoli denies charges of being an anti-Semite by claiming that he is merely anti-Zionist, his Holocaust denial and reference to a "Zionist controlled government" reveal his anti-Semitism. Joe has questioned the very existence of the Holocaust and whether six million Jews were killed. He also publicly supported Ernst Zundel, a leading Holocaust denier and white supremacist ideologue. On his public access show, Jim has defended Holocaust denier and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and encouraged his viewers to question the "Zionist propaganda" that they have been "spoonfed." The Rizolis have also posted a video of a speech given by Holocaust denier David Irving to one of their Web sites.

 

  • During an October 2009 segment of his public access television show, which was aired during a primetime slot, Jim delivered a lengthy diatribe promoting Holocaust denial. He defended Holocaust denier and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, instructed viewers to conduct their own research on the Holocaust to discover the "truth," and directed people to visit Web sites that advance Holocaust denial.

  • Jim Rizoli has attempted to defend his statements about the Holocaust to the Boston Globe, which reported in November 2009 that he "believes…only around 300,000 people died, not six million, and that the majority were not killed but 'died of sickness and disease.'"

  • During the same segment of his public access television show, Jim Rizoli alleged the existence of a "Zionist controlled government," implying that Jews manipulate national and global institutions.

  • Rizoli also claimed during the show that "a lot of the Jewish people are not going to be happy to hear this [referring to his recommendation to view videos that advance Holocaust denial] because this whole thing all stems upon Judaism [sic] and what happened with them." This is an anti-Semitic implication that Jews fabricate the Holocaust to advance their own agenda.

  • Joe Rizoli has questioned the severity of the Holocaust on the Jews. During an interview with the MetroWest Daily News in February 2004, he argued, "What happened to the Jews was atrocious, but you know what? Nine million people in Germany died in Dresden and related incidents. They say 13 to 20 million people died in Russia." Rizoli went on to question, "Did the Holocaust happen? You define to me what the Holocaust is. I don't know. There's no letter or whatever that pinpoints Hitler saying it."

  • In 2004, Joe Rizoli signed an Internet petition supporting Ernst Zundel, who was fighting deportation to his home in Canada from the U.S., which he entered illegally. Reportedly, Rizoli became interested in Zundel after receiving a "ZGram," an E-mail that Zundel's wife, also a Holocaust denier, sent to subscribers. Ironically for a xenophobe, Rizoli spoke out against Zundel's deportation, which was the result of Zundel's illegal entry into the U.S.




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