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June 23, 2015 0

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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February 1, 2013 3

UAE Official Links Israel and Jews To Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracies Via Twitter

“…how fast you roman­ti­cized the Jews, couldn’t you wait a year at least… such a rush.”

Dubai Police Chief, Dahi Khal­fan, who is known for his pub­lic ani­mos­ity toward the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, is increas­ingly using anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­ries and anti-Semitism in his Twit­ter cam­paign against the Mus­lim Brotherhood.

Khal­fan, who also holds the rank of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral and serves as a mem­ber of the Exec­u­tive Coun­cil of the Gov­ern­ment of Dubai, has over 300 thou­sand fol­low­ers on his Twit­ter account, which he devotes pri­mar­ily to crit­i­cism the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

In his tweets, Khal­fan tries to dis­credit the Broth­er­hood by describ­ing nefar­i­ous alle­giance to Israel and Jews. The way Khal­fan uses these con­spir­acy the­o­ries demon­strates that no alle­ga­tion made against Jews and Israel is too absurd when it is used to stig­ma­tize and dis­credit oth­ers in Arab world.

“The Jewish-Muslim Broth­er­hood alliance and the project of estab­lish­ing Greater Israel.”

On Jan­u­ary 2, for exam­ple, Khal­fan Retweeted a link to a YouTube video titled “The Jewish-Muslim Broth­er­hood alliance and the project of estab­lish­ing Greater Israel.” The video accuses the Jews of using the Broth­er­hood to achieve their goal of con­trol­ling Mus­lims and estab­lish­ing greater Israel.

Sev­eral of Khalfan’s tweets from Jan­u­ary 4 attempt to dis­credit the Broth­er­hood by sug­gest­ing that the group cares too much about Jews. For example:

  • When one of the broth­er­hood offi­cials, Essam El-Erian, called for Egypt­ian Jews to return to Egypt to accel­er­ate the destruc­tion of Israel, Khal­fan mocked the Broth­er­hood, tweet­ing, “Essam El-erian says to the Jews who left Egypt ‘Wahash­toona’ [love song: We miss you].”
  • He also tweeted, “The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood fell down in pub­lic opin­ion as their ugly creed is shown to be ‘The goal jus­ti­fies the mean’/// how fast you roman­ti­cized the Jews, couldn’t you wait a year at least… such a rush.”
  • A third tweet read, “Yes­ter­day the song of the Ikhwan­jia [Mus­lim Broth­er­hood] was: in Mil­lions we march to lib­er­ate Pales­tine, but today the Ikhwanjia’s chant ‘Oh pre­cious Jews, come back where you are, take what­ever you want’”

Below is a sam­pling of Khalfan’s tweets link­ing Israel to the Broth­er­hood, which he views as a safe­guard for Israel.

  • On Jan­u­ary 26, Khal­fan tweeted: “The Broth­er­hood is a cor­rupt group that can­not lead the Ummah [Islamic nation]. They came [to power] by an Amer­i­can choice to achieve the secu­rity of Israel — no more.”
  • On Jan­u­ary 25, Khal­fan tweeted that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are com­plicit in a Mus­lim Brotherhood’s role to pro­tect Israel: “Get the facts: the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood means ensur­ing the safety of Israel by Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad…”

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