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Where Calling Someone A Jew Or An Israeli Is The Ultimate Insult

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Nas­ral­lah bill­board in Tripoli, Lebanon

A bill­board in the streets of Tripoli, Lebanon, insult­ing Hezbol­lah Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Has­san Nas­ral­lah demon­strates how even an enemy of the Jew­ish peo­ple like Nas­ral­lah is sub­ject to attack by his ene­mies as being a tool of the Jews.

The bill­board, appar­ently placed last week in response to Hezbollah’s sup­port of the Syr­ian government’s ongo­ing fight with Sunni rebels, shows Nas­ral­lah with the Star of David on his tur­ban, blood around his mouth and wear­ing a black eye patch, an appar­ent ref­er­ence to the iconic image of Israeli mil­i­tary leader Moshe Dayan. The script below the image said “Your mask fell off, oh you mur­derer of chil­dren and women.”

The bill­board is a reflec­tion of a larger schism within the Mus­lim world between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. Both sides are invok­ing accu­sa­tions of being a Jew or Israeli against the other as the ulti­mate insult.

Tripoli, a city with a major­ity of Sun­nis, has expe­ri­enced esca­lat­ing sec­tar­ian ten­sion in response to Hezbollah’s sup­port for Syr­ian pres­i­dent Bashar Hafez al-Assad and his troops, which have been fight­ing Sunni rebels in Syria for over a year.

Images of the Nas­ral­lah bill­board have been widely shared on social media by those sym­pa­thetic with the Syr­ian rebels as well. Sev­eral Twit­ter users explic­itly accuse Nas­ral­lah of being a Jew, some claim­ing all Shia Mus­lims are allied with the Jews. It is a clas­sic exam­ple of blur­ring the the line between anti-Israel and anti-Semitism propaganda.

Last Feb­ru­ary ADL issued a press release denounc­ing a sim­i­lar con­spir­acy the­ory in the Mid­dle East, which claimed the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood was secretly allied with Jews.

This past month, videos posted on YouTube showed demon­stra­tors in Syr­ian cities chant­ing “Shia Shia oh you Jews… The army of Muham­mad will return.” The slo­gan is a take­off on the anti-Semitic slo­gan evok­ing the story of slay­ing thou­sands of Jews from the tribe of Khaiber in Ara­bia 1400 years ago.