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Leaked “Khaiber” Episodes Confirm ADL Concern Over Anti-Semitic Themes

The first two episodes of “Khaiber,” a multi-million dol­lar tele­vi­sion series com­mem­o­rat­ing the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th cen­tury, have been posted on Youtube. The episodes, which series pro­duc­ers report­edly claim have been leaked, reveal the degree to which clas­si­cal anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives are being pro­moted in the program.

Sched­uled to air dur­ing Ramadan next month, the episodes depict life prior to the rise of Islam in the Ara­bian city of Yathrib, where the Jew­ish tribe of Khaiber lived between the two Arab tribes of Al-Aws and Al-Khazraj.

Khaiber Rab­bis are por­trayed as secretly con­spir­ing to fuel war between the Arabs in order to weaken them. The main char­ac­ter, the Grand Rabbi in Yathrib, Hayi Ben Akhtab, seeks to sow con­flict between Arabs to pro­mote the weapon indus­try, which Jews con­trol, accord­ing to the episodes. Another char­ac­ter, a Rabbi by the name of Shas, is depicted as a sym­bol of Jew­ish hatred to the Prophet Muhammad.

Other Jews who live in the city are depicted as fru­gal, greedy and immoral mer­chants who profit from the Arabs. The one Jew­ish char­ac­ter that is depicted as a good man awaits the appear­ance of Muham­mad to con­vert to Islam.

Last Feb­ru­ary, ADL first reported on the Echo Media Qatar pro­duc­tion and on Egypt­ian author, Yusri al-Jindy, who wrote the script for the mini-series. ADL exposed the trou­bling his­tory of al-Jindy’s pre­vi­ous work, which prop­a­gated anti-Semitism and extreme anti-Israel themes.