2012 October » ADL Blogs
October 22, 2012 0

Arab Editorial Cartoons Say Obama And Romney Controlled By Jews

As the U.S. Pres­i­den­tial cam­paign moves into its final fre­netic weeks, polit­i­cal car­toon­ists across the Arab and Mus­lim world have made clear that they see lit­tle to dif­fer­en­ti­ate Pres­i­dent Obama from Gov­er­nor Rom­ney, nor Repub­li­can from Demo­c­rat.  In their view, the can­di­dates and the entire U.S. polit­i­cal sys­tem are indis­tin­guish­able in their sub­servience to Jews and Israel. 

Al-Watan, Sep­tem­ber 10, 2012 (Saudi Arabia).

In express­ing their dis­torted views on the 2012 cam­paign, the car­toon­ists from across the Mid­dle East fre­quently fea­ture can­di­dates Obama and Rom­ney kiss­ing the hand or foot of the “Jew­ish lobby” or Israeli lead­ers.  Other car­toons depict Jews/Israeli’s con­trol­ling the U.S. bal­lot boxes.  While many of the fea­tured car­toons include clas­sic anti-Semitic imagery and stereo­types, oth­ers exhibit a more nuanced, yet still defam­a­tory, por­trayal of Jew­ish con­trol over the upcom­ing US pres­i­den­tial election.

The 2008 cam­paign fea­tured sim­i­larly themed car­i­ca­tures, but many focused exclu­sively on then-candidate Barack Obama as enslaved by/in the pocket of Jews and Israel. 

The alle­ga­tion that Jews manip­u­late and con­trol gov­ern­ments has been around for cen­turies.   The canard is a cen­ter­piece of anti-Semitic lit­er­a­ture from The Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion to Hitler’s Mein Kampf to the Hamas Char­ter.  Mod­ern iter­a­tions of this charge abound among extrem­ists and hate-mongers, but nowhere as promi­nently, or in main­stream accep­tance as in the Mid­dle East, where “Jew­ish power” is the rea­son com­monly relied upon to explain U.S. sup­port for Israel.  On a daily basis, the edi­to­r­ial car­toons which ADL com­piles from media out­lets across the region fea­ture stereo­typ­i­cal Jew­ish fig­ures (some­times depicted as Israel or Israeli lead­ers) as pup­pet mas­ters of the region, the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and most par­tic­u­larly, the United States. 

The mes­sage on these car­i­ca­tures are clear: when it comes to the U.S. elec­tion, the party or the can­di­date doesn’t mat­ter.  Jews con­trol the can­di­dates and the process.  Jews and Israel deter­mine the out­come of the elec­tion and will deter­mine the pol­icy set by who­ever wins on Novem­ber 6.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

October 22, 2012 0

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Attends Friday Sermon Marked By Anti-Semitism

In a nation­ally broad­cast Fri­day ser­mon attended by Egypt­ian Pres­i­dent Mohamed Morsi and other high rank­ing gov­ern­ment offi­cials at the Al-Tanaeem Mosque in Mersa Matruh, Imam Fatouh Abdul Nabi called on God to “deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them.”

Dur­ing the Octo­ber 19 ser­mon, Imam Abdul Nabi, who heads the Islamic Endow­ment in Matruh Gov­er­norate, said:

“Our God, grant us vic­tory over the infi­dels… Our God, deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them… Our God, our God, deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them… Our God, frighten their masses… Our God, dis­perse their union… Our God, show us your strength over them, your great­ness over them… Our God, reveal to us your wrath over them, you are the Lord of creatures.”

Dur­ing this part of the ser­mon, Pres­i­dent Morsi was shown on tele­vi­sion mouthing “amen.”

In a press release issued after the ser­mon, the Anti-Defamation League expressed deep­en­ing con­cern over the anti-Semitic rhetoric com­ing from the high­est ech­e­lons of Egypt­ian soci­ety. Ear­lier last week, ADL sent a let­ter to pres­i­dent Morsi, urg­ing him to reject anti-Semitic state­ments included in the weekly mes­sage of Egypt Mus­lim Brotherhood’s supreme leader.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

October 18, 2012 2

Egypt-Based Group Shows Children Preparing To Fight Zionists And Jews

An Egypt-based group affil­i­ated with rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ide­o­logue, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has released a new video show­ing chil­dren being taught to fight and kill Israelis.

The video, released yes­ter­day by Al-Aqsa Trustees Move­ment, an orga­ni­za­tion that describes its mis­sion as “rais­ing new gen­er­a­tions to lib­er­ate Jerusalem,” was cre­ated to show the types of activ­i­ties orga­nized by the group’s Aqsa Child Committee.

The video depicts what appear to be kindergarten-aged chil­dren in Egypt angrily curs­ing, attack­ing and behead­ing card­board cutouts of Israeli sol­diers with Stars of David on their heads.

The Al-Aqsa Trustees Move­ment is headed by anti-Semite Salah Sul­tan, the head the of the Jerusalem com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, which was founded by al-Qaradawi. The Trustees Move­ment was founded, accord­ing Sul­tan, “to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion who will carry the trust of Al-Aqsa in the face of Jews…We hope that the young men and young women of this Ummah will join us.”

The video starts with a writ­ten intro­duc­tion stat­ing: “After the chil­dren learned about Al-Aqsa Mosque and what the Jews did to it, they went to kill the Zion­ists and lib­er­ate the Mosque.” The chil­dren are then shown engag­ing in a game where they attack human shaped card­board cutouts of Israeli sol­diers with Stars of David on their heads.

At the end of the video, one child is shown car­ry­ing the head of one of the card­board Israeli sol­dier and say­ing, “Look how the Zion­ist sol­dier ended.” A teacher then tells the chil­dren, “play kids, play,” and says “look how he tram­ples him,” refer­ring to one child who steps on one of the card­board sol­diers. Another teacher is heard say­ing “hit him, hit.”

Those inter­ested in join­ing the Al-Aqsa Trustees Move­ment are required to fill out an appli­ca­tion form and pledge alle­giance to the group’s pro­grams, accord­ing to its Face­book page. 200 appli­cants have appar­ently already been accepted, accord­ing to the page.

Accord­ing to Hager Al-Oshary, a mem­ber of the group’s Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, the group has pre­vi­ously orga­nized activ­i­ties at Cairo Uni­ver­sity, includ­ing a rally to “remind the Arab Youth about their duty towards the Pales­tin­ian cause.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,