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October 22, 2012

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.

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October 22, 2012

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.

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October 18, 2012

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.”

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