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July 9, 2013 2

Khaiber: The Anti-Semitism Behind The Scenes

As the date for its pre­miere approaches, var­i­ous peo­ple asso­ci­ated with “Khaiber,” a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar project that dra­ma­tizes the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th cen­tury, have made vir­u­lently anti-Semitic com­ments that reflect the show’s deeply hos­tile themes.khaiber-scene-jews

Ahmed Maher, one of the Egypt­ian actors in Khaiber, appeared in a recent video clip posted on the Elbal­ad­News YouTube chan­nel say­ing, “Through the events of the show, we will dis­cover how this cat­e­gory of humans [the Jews] rep­re­sents one of the ugli­est groups that appeared in his­tory. This is not strange, we see it in Pales­tine today.”

He added, “They are a peo­ple with no morals and can­not be trusted. They are the ones who fought God Almighty, they are the killers of the prophets, they are the ones who fal­sify and alter [holy texts], they are the ones who antag­o­nized Jesus Christ and tor­tured him.”

In an inter­view ear­lier this month, Mohsin Al-Ali, the show’s pro­ducer, claimed that it is merely based on an event in his­tory. In response to a ques­tion about anti-Semitism in the show, Ali asked, “Why didn’t Arabs or Mus­lims question…American movies that defame the image of an Arab and a Mus­lim? Why didn’t any­one ban them from mak­ing films that defame the Mes­sen­ger Mohammed?”

The show’s writer also made deeply anti-Semitic remarks sev­eral months ago, claim­ing in a media inter­view that the goal of the show is to “expose the naked truth about the Jews and stress that they can­not be trusted.” The writer, Yusri Al-Jindy, has con­tin­ued to espouse anti-Semitic views dur­ing var­i­ous Arab media inter­views to pro­mote the show.

Numer­ous tele­vi­sion sta­tions in the Arab world plan to air the show dur­ing the month of Ramadan, includ­ing Dubai TV, Alger­ian 3, Dream TV, a satel­lite sta­tion based in Egypt, and other TV sta­tions across the Arab world.

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