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January 28, 2014 4

Al Jazeera Poll Goes “The Opposite Direction” On The Holocaust

Al Jazeera Holocaust poll

A screen­shot of the poll on Al Jazeera’s website

Update – Jan­u­ary 31, 2014: Accord­ing to the results pro­vided on Al Jazeera’s web­site, 95.4% of those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the poll agreed that Bashar Al-Assad crimes in Syria are worse than Hitler’s crimes. 46,641 par­tic­i­pants voted.

The pan-Arab satel­lite tele­vi­sion net­work Al Jazeera is con­duct­ing a poll ask­ing its view­ers to vote on whether they believe Syr­ian pres­i­dent Bashar Al-Assad’s “crimes” are worse than Hitler’s “Nazi crimes.”

The poll, posted on Al Jazeera’s web­site on Jan­u­ary 24, runs through Jan­u­ary 30, when the results will be broad­cast on one of Al Jazeera’s most pop­u­lar live shows, El-Itidjah el-Mouakass [The Oppo­site Direc­tion]. The show often fea­tures debates between guests about top­ics raised in its polls.

While the ongo­ing con­flict in Syria has been one of the most heated issues dis­cussed on the show in recent months, Al Jazeera’s poll ques­tion reflects the degree to which the Holo­caust is mis­un­der­stood and mis­rep­re­sented in the Arab world.

The premise of the poll is inap­pro­pri­ate because it com­pares the death of more than six mil­lion Jews who were not part of any armed con­flict and were anni­hi­lated for no rea­son other than their faith and cul­ture to the human­i­tar­ian cri­sis and vio­lence in Syria.

The show’s host, Dr. Faisal Al-Qassem, posted a link to the poll on his per­sonal Face­book page to encour­age his more than three mil­lion fol­low­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the poll.

Iron­i­cally, most of the com­ments on Al-Qassem’s Face­book page express out­rage against the premise, but for all the wrong rea­sons. “Unlike Bashar, Hitler killed the Jews and not his own peo­ple,” one com­ment reads, sug­gest­ing that Hitler’s crimes are some­how more justified.

Sim­i­larly, other com­ments state that there is no way to com­pare the two at all because, unlike Bashar, “Hitler was defend­ing his people.”

These com­ments and oth­ers demon­strate how the lessons of the Holo­caust are woe­fully mis­un­der­stood, or worse, are grotesquely dis­torted in the Arab World. The poll ques­tion adds to this prob­lem and to the triv­i­al­iza­tion of the Holo­caust, which con­tin­ues to go unex­am­ined in main­stream Arab media.

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February 22, 2013 2

Coming Soon: “Khaiber” The Genocide Of Jews In Arabia

Image of “Khaiber” Movie Poster

Update: “Khaiber” writer, Yusri Al-Jindy, says now is the time to expose Jews.

A pro­duc­tion com­pany in Qatar will report­edly start film­ing a multi-million dol­lar tele­vi­sion series next month com­mem­o­rat­ing the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th century.

The series, called “Khaiber,” is based on a script writ­ten by Yusri Al-Jindy, an Egypt­ian writer who has pre­vi­ously depicted Israelis and Jews as blood­thirsty sav­ages in his work. One of his plays about the 1967 war, titled “The Wan­der­ing Jew,” was banned in Egypt. 

The series, pro­duced by the Doha-based Echo Media Qatar, is sup­pos­edly sched­uled to be filmed in sev­eral Arab coun­tries, includ­ing Morocco, Egypt and Jor­dan, and will appar­ently fea­ture sev­eral well-known Arab actors. Echo Media Qatar has report­edly started build­ing sets with struc­tures sim­i­lar to the ones inhab­ited by Jews 1,400 years ago.

A report on Al Jazeera in Ara­bic yes­ter­day described “Khaiber” as “the most impor­tant fea­ture of the Islamic-Jewish fight. Mus­lims always raise its name in their ral­lies against Israel because it con­sti­tutes a mem­ory of a harsh defeat for the Jews who lived in the Ara­bian Penin­sula dur­ing the time of prophet.”

The story of “Khaiber,” accord­ing to most Islamic sources, ends with the exe­cu­tion of thou­sands of Jews, includ­ing women and chil­dren. Pro­test­ers at anti-Israel ral­lies around the world, includ­ing the U.S., often evoke this bat­tle in their chants to gal­va­nize supporters.

Accord­ing to Al Jazeera, Al-Jindy said he wrote the script because “the Zion­ist move­ment is cur­rently pass­ing through a turn­ing point as a result of the changes in the Arab world.”

Accord­ing to another report in the Qatari news­pa­per Al-Raya, the series will focus “on the social, eco­nomic and reli­gious char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Jews includ­ing pol­i­tics and con­spir­a­cies and how they dom­i­nate and con­trol tribes.”

Past Echo Media Qatar pro­duc­tions have pro­moted con­spir­a­cies about Jews. In 2010, Echo Media Qatar pro­duced a series called “The Col­lapse of the Caliphate” for Ramadan that blamed Jews for con­spir­ing with the ene­mies of the Sul­tan to end the Islamic Caliphate.

When com­pleted, the series will likely rein­force the dehu­man­iza­tion of Jews in the Arab world in the same way that pre­vi­ous pro­grams have done, such as the 2003 Egypt­ian tele­vi­sion series “Knight With­out a Horse” which was based on the noto­ri­ous forgery, “The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” Series such as this, often aired dur­ing Ramadan, are gen­er­ally very pop­u­lar and receive broader view­er­ship than pro­grams aired through­out the rest of the year.

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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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