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January 22, 2016 2

The Enemy Of My Enemy Is Still…..A Jew

Saud Al Shureem anti-semitic Tweet

Saud al-Shuraim’s anti-Semitic tweet about the Jewish-Iranian alliance

Over the past month, esca­lat­ing ten­sion in the Mid­dle East between Iran and the Arab Gulf States helped fuel a resur­gence of anti-Semitic state­ments and con­spir­acy the­o­ries about a sup­posed link between Israel and Jews to Iran.

Angered by Iran’s increas­ing influ­ence in the region, promi­nent Arab fig­ures includ­ing politi­cians, reli­gious lead­ers and jour­nal­ists have accused Jews and Israel of secretly sup­port­ing Iran and Shi’a Mus­lims in their war against the Sunni Mus­lim world.

Just last week, promi­nent Saudi scholar, Saud al-Shuraim, an Imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca wrote the fol­low­ing state­ment on his Twit­ter account: “It is no won­der the Safavids [Ira­ni­ans] ally with Jews and Chris­tians against Mus­lims because his­tory tes­ti­fies that this is the case. What is strange are the minds which took too long to under­stand this fact.”

Some went as far as accus­ing “the Jews” of orches­trat­ing Iran’s war against the Sunni Mus­lim world. Jor­dan­ian online news agency Ammon News pub­lished an arti­cle on Jan­u­ary 19, titled “Iran started its holy war on the Sun­nis with the bless­ing of the Jews.”

The online pub­li­ca­tion, Al Khaleej Affairs, which spe­cial­izes in Arab Gulf States’ Affairs, inter­viewed Iraqi Sunni activist Falih Al Shi­bly on Jan­u­ary 21 to talk about the Iran­ian involve­ment in Iraq. In the inter­view Al Shi­bly claimed, “Unfor­tu­nately, there is igno­rance in the region about the Jew­ish sup­ported Per­sian plot.” He added that “This plot is against all Arab coun­tries from the Ara­bian West to the ‘Ara­bian’ Gulf.”

Other anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions included con­spir­acy the­o­ries that the Jew­ish lobby in the U.S. is respon­si­ble for dri­ving America’s pol­icy in Iran’s best inter­ests. Dubai Police Chief, Dahi Khal­fan, whose bizarre state­ments in the past included accus­ing the Jews of being linked to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, claimed on Jan­u­ary 18 that Pres­i­dent Obama is of Shi’a roots and “the sons of Zion” [the Jews] helped him  reach pres­i­dency to “bring Iran and Amer­ica closer.” Khalfan’s state­ments were widely cir­cu­lated in the Arab world.

Such a claim about Jew­ish sup­port for Iran was the sub­ject of sev­eral tweets by for­mer Man­ager of the Dubai Gov­ern­ment Media Office, Dherar Bel­houl Al Falasi, on Jan­u­ary 11. He claimed that Jews revere Iran because it is con­sid­ered a “holy” coun­try in Judaism. He wrote “Jews revere Iran more than ‘Palestine.’”

The ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion ISIS is cap­i­tal­iz­ing on this anti-Semitic trend as well. The fea­tured arti­cle in their most recent English-language mag­a­zine Dabiq issue included a 14-page screed link­ing Jews and Shi’as. The back cover of the mag­a­zine also fea­tured a full page image of Jews pray­ing in a syn­a­gogue with a clear ref­er­ence to the Jews of Isfa­han in Iran.

This anti-Semitic rhetoric is more than just a delu­sional per­spec­tive. It is a tool that has been used time and again to gal­va­nize Arab pub­lic opinion.

These con­spir­acy the­o­ries also fail to rec­og­nize both the very real threat Iran rep­re­sents to the Jew­ish state and the cen­tral­ity of anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda in the ide­ol­ogy embraced by Iran’s rul­ing regime. It is ironic that such accu­sa­tions emerge while Iran is orga­niz­ing  an inter­na­tional car­toon contest–on the Holocaust.

Ten­sion between Iran and the Arab world has a long his­tory, but it has esca­lated notably over the past few months as a result of the Iran nuclear agree­ment and grow­ing con­cern among Arab Gulf States about Iran’s expand­ing regional influ­ence and its involve­ment in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Arab world. Both sides have used the media to prop­a­gate anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions against the other through the lens of their own agen­das. It seems that  Shi’as  and Sun­nis can agree on one thing: blam­ing the Jews for their problems.

In the past, ADL doc­u­mented a num­ber of sim­i­lar con­spir­acy the­o­ries in the Arab world includ­ing that ISIS has Jew­ish roots and that Israel and Jews are linked to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

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December 17, 2015 1

International Book Fair In Saudi Arabia Features Anti-Semitic Titles

jeddah-book-fair

Adver­tise­ment for the Jed­dah Inter­na­tional Book Fair

The Jed­dah Inter­na­tional Book Fair in Saudi Ara­bia, which hosts more than 350 pub­lish­ing houses from 21 coun­tries, appears to fea­ture anti-Semitic books for sale.

The book fair, tak­ing place Decem­ber 12–22, includes on its “Book Lists” works such as My Awak­en­ing: The Jew­ish Influ­ence in the United States by the noto­ri­ous anti-Semite David Duke. Duke’s book, clas­si­fied as “Polit­i­cal Sci­ence” on the list from the Dar Alfiker Al Mua’sir pub­lish­ing house in Lebanon, is listed for SAR53 (US$14).

Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which served as a blue­print for the exter­mi­na­tion of six mil­lion Jews and mil­lions of oth­ers in the Holo­caust, is listed to be sold at the book fair for SAR45 (US$12). Clas­si­fied as “His­tory,” Mein Kampf, is on the list from Ibn Al Nafees pub­lish­ing house in Egypt. A book titled Free Masons, The Jews and The Torahby Dr. Noman Al Sama­rayi, which pro­motes con­spir­a­to­r­ial the­o­ries about a Jew­ish role in dom­i­nat­ing the world, was listed for sale for SR8 (US$2).

The Jed­dah Gov­er­norate, the Saudi Min­istry of Cul­ture, and a num­ber of pri­vate sec­tor cor­po­ra­tions co-organized the book fair, which attracted more than 150,000visitors in its first three days accord­ing to the fair website.

Unfor­tu­nately, sell­ing anti-Semitic books at book fairs in the Mid­dle East is an ongo­ing prob­lem. For exam­ple, another book fair in the region, the Doha Inter­na­tional Book Fair in Qatar, which ended on Decem­ber 12, also included anti-Semitic titles, such as the Arabic-language anti-Semitic Jew­ish Ency­clo­pe­dia.

Fea­tur­ing anti-Semitic titles in the right con­text may at times serve to expose their vicious nature. How­ever, it is clear that in the case of the Jed­dah Book Fair and sev­eral other book fairs in the region, such books are dis­played to read­ers who may not be aware of the big­oted agenda behind such books. Includ­ing edi­to­r­ial lan­guage or con­tex­tu­al­iz­ing the books appro­pri­ately as hate­ful mate­r­ial is extremely important.

Over the past few years, ADL has doc­u­mented the avail­abil­ity of sim­i­lar prob­lem­atic books at sev­eral book fairs in the region. Below are few examples:

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December 9, 2015 4

ISIS Videos Underscore Anti-Semitic Backdrop to Terror

Child executioner in the new ISIS video

Child exe­cu­tioner in the new ISIS video

Last week, ISIS released a video titled “To the Sons of the Jews” that depicted chil­dren mur­der­ing alleged cap­tured Syr­ian sol­diers. The video con­tained mul­ti­ple threats against Jews and Israel.

ISIS inten­tion­ally ties the vio­lence of its chil­dren – its next gen­er­a­tion of fight­ers – to future threats against Israel and Jews. The adult instruc­tor in “To the Sons of the Jews,” for exam­ple, stated, “The ambi­tion of those cubs will not be lim­ited to lib­er­at­ing Syria or Iraq…but it is to raise high the ban­ner of the Prophet…over the White House in Amer­ica and in the heart of Tel Aviv.”

The chil­dren made the same point; before com­mit­ting their mur­ders, each said, “We have been raised to con­quer the East and West, and we will restore al-Aqsa (Jerusalem) and al-Andalus (Spain), Allah per­mit­ting.” One of the chil­dren said, “O Obama, we will cut your neck and we will do the same to you and all the Jews.”

The video closed say­ing, “O sons of the Jews, know that when­ever we cut off the head of an apos­tate, your death comes closer.”

The same theme runs through prior ISIS videos fea­tur­ing child executioners.

In March 2015, ISIS released a video fea­tur­ing a child mur­der­ing an indi­vid­ual whom the group alleged was a Mossad spy. The video threat­ened both Jews and Israel; quotes included, “O Jews, Allah has gifted us with killing your fol­low­ers in your own strong­hold in France,” and, “So we fight in Iraq and our eyes are on Jerusalem.” The con­clu­sion of the video depicted the child exe­cu­tioner stand­ing in front of an image of Jerusalem.

Another video, released in July 2015, depicted a child who appeared to be the exe­cu­tioner of a cap­tured sol­dier, fol­lowed by the state­ment, “Every day we kill and cap­ture your sol­diers and offi­cers. …and what is com­ing is more cun­ning and bit­ter. Our eyes are not only on…Homs nor Dam­as­cus, but our eyes are on Beit al-Maqdis [Jerusalem] and on Rome.”

Child executioner in ISIS video from March 2015

Child exe­cu­tioner in ISIS video from March 2015 in front of Jerusalem

But ISIS’s claim that their chil­dren will kill Jews and over­throw the State of Israel is only part of a larger strat­egy shared by nearly all Islamic extrem­ist orga­ni­za­tions that exploits pop­u­lar anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel to recruit and moti­vate adher­ents and to encour­age fol­low­ers to act in the group’s interest.

Just as ISIS threat­ens Jews while exe­cut­ing Syr­ian sol­diers, Al Qaeda and its affil­i­ate groups reg­u­larly urge fol­low­ers to attack the U.S. as an (alleged) way to hurt Jews and Israel. ADL has doc­u­mented these calls, and more, in our report Anti-Semitism: A Pil­lar of Islamic Extrem­ist Ide­ol­ogy.

Oth­ers have noted sim­i­lar links. In a recent arti­cle in Tablet Mag­a­zine, Liel Liebowitz noted that Jews and Israel serve as a sort of canary in the coal mine of inter­na­tional ter­ror­ism. In Israel, France, and else­where, Jews are often the first vic­tims of ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions that go on to attack West­ern sites more broadly. Pay­ing atten­tion to extrem­ist threats against Jews is not only impor­tant to com­mu­nal secu­rity; rather, it is essen­tial for national security.

Some reports have also indi­cated that San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook was “obsessed” with Israel. ADL has doc­u­mented mul­ti­ple instances of U.S. res­i­dents linked to ter­ror­ist plots and activ­ity moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ism who reg­u­larly expressed ani­mos­ity toward Israel and Jews; a list of recent exam­ples is avail­able in the ADL report.

Of course, not every­one who espouses anti-Semitic beliefs or hatred of Israel will be a ter­ror­ist. But the link between the two is an inten­tional ele­ment of ter­ror­ist strat­egy, and the impact of that strat­egy on Amer­i­can and West­ern secu­rity is significant.

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