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May 13, 2014 0

Al Jazeera Forum For Young Journalists Tainted By Anti-Semitic Article

Al Jazeera Talk, an Arabic-language web­site launched in 2006 to pro­vide young Arab jour­nal­ists with a vehi­cle to show­case their work, pub­lished the first in a series of arti­cles today by Iraqi jour­nal­ist, Taha Al-Ani, on the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.al-jazeera-talk-taha-al-ani

In his arti­cle, Al-Ani says that he hopes his report on Al Jazeera Talk can “estab­lish an edu­ca­tional ground to our com­mu­ni­ties to real­ize the great Jew­ish threat…”

“…the learned elders of Zion,” Al-Ani writes, seek to “rule the world with tyranny and to spread cor­rup­tion and immoral­ity.” He also adds:

If threat is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the biggest threat, if hate is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the most hate­ful, if mal­ice is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the most mali­cious. If trick­ery and cun­ning are con­sid­ered, the Jews are the best of them! Con­sider whichever you wish to think about, and you will see that the Jews are the most dan­ger­ous nation.

Al Jazeera Talk in Ara­bic describes itself on its offi­cial Face­book page as a vehi­cle for the younger gen­er­a­tion of Arab jour­nal­ists to receive expo­sure. It also stresses that such expo­sure is achieved through “a global forum united by higher human­i­tar­ian val­ues to extend bridges of dialog.”

While the web­site seems to func­tion inde­pen­dently from the Al Jazeera Net­work, it does have its own terms of ser­vices that say, in part, “Any mate­r­ial includ­ing defama­tion, insult or accu­sa­tion to any per­son, reli­gion or race will be rejected.”

It is unfor­tu­nate that Al Jazeera Talk has allowed such anti-Semitism to taint its efforts to engage younger jour­nal­ists and audi­ences through this medium. The arti­cle is a dan­ger­ous reminder of how some jour­nal­ists in the Arab world con­tinue to pro­mote anti-Semitism to the younger generations.

Accord­ing to the Anti-Defamation League’s world­wide sur­vey of anti-Semitic atti­tudes, The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of respon­dents hold­ing anti-Semitic atti­tudes was found in Mid­dle East and North African coun­tries (“MENA”), where nearly three-quarters of respon­dents, 74 per­cent of those polled, agreed with a major­ity of the anti-Semitic stereo­types that com­prise the 11-question index.

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