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June 23, 2015

Egyptian TV Series “Jewish Quarter” Defines A Good Jew

The first episodes of “Haret El Yahood” [The Jewish Quarter], a new Egyptian TV series that started airing last week on many satellite channels in the Arab world, reinforce common anti-Semitic narratives despite some expectations that it would depart from the usual anti-Semitic canards typically found in Arab media.haret-el-yahood

The show, which presents the Jewish community in Egypt in the 40s through a love story between a Jewish girl and a Muslim Egyptian army officer, attempts to present the difference between “good” Jews and “bad” Jews; the good Jews are the ones who are loyal to Egypt and support its war against Israel while Zionist Jews, who are loyal to Israel, are depicted as wicked, liars, evil and trying to betray Egypt. Midhat Al-adl, who wrote the script for the show, told Al Jazeera that the show “condemns Israeli Zionism and racism.”

The first scene of the first episode features an Egyptian family running to seek shelter inside the Jewish synagogue in Cairo during an Israeli air strike. A conversation between the father of the family and a young neighborhood girl sets the tone for the rest of the show. The Jewish man by the name of Aaron says, “More airstrikes and more of turn off the lights, we were relieved Hitler was gone and his days were over.” The girl then responds, “The problem is, uncle Aaron, the same ones whom Hitler killed and expelled are the ones killing and uprooting the Palestinians.”

The show’s main character, a Jewish girl by the name of Layla, falls in love with a Muslim Egyptian army officer who is fighting in the war against Israel. Layla is featured as an example of a good Jew who stands against Israel unlike her brother, Moses, who is depicted as an ardent Zionist conspiring against his country and family.

The show also appears to propagate the conspiracy theory that Zionist Jews were allied with the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in Egypt since 1948. A scene in the first episode shows a Jewish man instructing a Muslim Brotherhood leader at one of their camps. Subsequent episodes suggest that events leading to the massive immigration of Jews from Egypt to Israel were part of a Zionist-Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy. For example, an explosion planned by the Muslim Brotherhood at the Jewish quarter is portrayed as benefiting Zionist Jews because it triggered fear among Egyptian Jews and compelled them to consider immigrating to Israel.

Haret El Yahood, which received huge publicity across the Arab world, is currently aired on several satellite TV stations across the Arab World including CBC, Dubai TV, Dream and MBC. Ramadan with Google, a page dedicated by Google for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, featured the show on its landing page.

In the past, ADL exposed attempts to exploit the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan, a prime time TV season in the Arab world, to air anti-Semitic TV shows.

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November 10, 2014

Social Media Campaign Glorifies & Encourages Car Terror Against Israelis

Update – 11/19/14: ADL has contacted Facebook about this issue, and they have been responsive.

In the past two weeks, “run over” car attacks by Palestinian terrorists have resulted in the death and injury of several Israeli civilians. These terrorist attacks have inspired a social media campaign praising them as a form of resistance, encouraging others to perpetrate similar attacks and featuring violent expressions of anti-Semitism.

The campaign uses the Arabic term “Daes” [Run-over], which is a play on the Arabic word “Daesh” [ISIS]. Currently, there are approximately 90 Facebook pages dedicated to this abhorrent campaign, some with thousands of followers.

Some of the posts on these pages describe the “run-overs” as part of a new revolution; a form of “car Intifada.”A poem posted on November 5 on one of the Facebook pages reads, “When the car becomes a weapon…and kills a murderer Zionist… this means the revolution is coming.” Some pages include pictures of terrorist after they ran over Israelis and were killed by authorities, along with prayers asking for the “martyr” to “ascend to the heavenly paradise.”

Many of the comments found on these pages describe “run-over” operations as a response to Israel’s alleged attack on Jerusalem. For example, one image depicts a car running over Israeli soldiers with a caption reading, “running over for the sake of Jerusalem.”

Other Facebook pages include anti-Semitic posts depicting religious Jews with hooked noses running away from vehicles attempting to run-over them.

The campaign even has its own theme song and video, called “Run-over this settler,” which has been shared on many of the Facebook pages. The song, first uploaded to YouTube on November 6, is sung by a duo calling upon Palestinians to run over their enemy: “Run over, sabotage, destroy, explode and don’t let the Zionist reconstruct…oh Aqsa we are your guards.”

The song also includes the names of some of the terrorists who carried out “run-over” attacks, calling on their mothers to express happiness because their sons are now martyrs in heaven. It also calls upon others to “terrify [Israelis] with red blood… Strengthen your heart and be careful not to have mercy over them.”

The campaign is starting to spread on Twitter as well; the Arabic hashtag “Daes” has attracted numerous posts celebrating terrorism. For example, one Tweet reads, “Nothing is more beautiful than a run-over, lest stabbing.” Another Tweet features Ibrahim Akkawi, a driver killed by Israeli forces after carrying out a “run-over” attack in Jerusalem last week. A comment on Akkawi’s picture reads, “Starting with tonight, you will run-over them with nightmares.”

The campaign is the latest example of how social media is used to incite and glorify terrorism.

 

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Profile picture on several Facebook pages reading, “Cars intifada ‘Daes'”

 

An anti-Semitic cartoon shared on several “Daes” Facebook pages

 

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Facebook profile picture depicting iconic Dome of the Rock as a car for attacks

 

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An image circulated on Facebook promoting vehicular violence

 

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Anti-Semitic cartoon promoting recent car attacks in Jerusalem with hashtag “Daes”

 

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Anti-Semitic cartoon featured on a Facebook page with Arabic term for “To run over”

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October 24, 2013

Egyptian Conspiracy Reveals The Jews’ Latest Weapon: Pepsi

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Okasha’s interpretation of the Pepsi ad in Cairo

The latest conspiracy theory coming out of Egypt suggests that Pepsi is owned by Jews and that the company is somehow being used to infiltrate the country. According to the conspiracy theory, Pepsi is an acronym for “Pay Every Pound for the Security of Israel.”

The absurd conspiracy theory recently surfaced on the Egyptian television talk show, Egypt Today. The program’s host, Tawfik Okasha, who is known for his opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, said:

What is the corporation of Pepsi? It is one of the largest and most important corporations owned by the Jewish Zionists… the Torah of Ezra tells them [the Jews] you can’t enter heaven before you rule Egypt.

Okasha then mentioned a recent Pepsi ad campaign geared toward football fans in the streets of Cairo, saying that the ad is proof that Israel and the Jews are trying to infiltrate Egypt.

Okasha elaborated on this idea yesterday on his Twitter account, where he posted a photo of the Pepsi ad with circles around the jersey numbers of the football players. The numbers, according to Okasha, represent a coded message indicating when the Jews will bring back the Muslim Brotherhood to rule Egypt.

According to Okasha, “The motto of Pepsi corporation is Pay for Israel and its owners are Jews who support the Muslim Brotherhood…anyone who wouldn’t understand the [below] ad is stupid!!”

No conspiracy seems too ludicrous for those who seek to blame Egypt’s problems on the Jews.

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