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January 31, 2014

Newseum & Smithsonian Select Anti-Semitic Paper For Upcoming Media Exhibit

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Cartoon published in Arab American News in March 2010

The Newseum and the Smithsonian Institute have chosen the Arab American News¸ an Arabic-English language weekly newspaper based in Dearborn, Michigan, with a long history of publishing anti-Semitic articles, for an exhibit showcasing media from various ethnic communities the U.S.

The May 2014 exhibit,One Nation With News for All,“will tell the story of how immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and change American history,” according the Newseum website. 

The stated purpose of the exhibit to celebrate the rich cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds of hundreds of communities that have made the U.S. their home, is laudable. The selection of the Arab American News to represent the Arabic-speaking community is a particularly poor choice to represent the positive message of the exhibit.

The newspaper has a long history of publishing articles that propagate theories of Jewish control over the U.S. government and foreign policy. The English-language section of the newspaper has provided a platform for known anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers and 9/11 conspiracy theorists, such as Jeff Gates, Paul Craig Roberts and Alan Sabrosky. Its Editor-in-Chief Osama Siblani has expressed public support for terrorist organizations. 

Examples of the anti-Semitic and conspiratorial articles in the Arab American News can be found in ADL’s Profile: Osama Siblani & The Arab American News

The Newseum stirred controversy in May 2013 when it included the names of two journalists from Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV as part of its ongoing memorial to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty. Although the Newseum had indicated that it would “reevaluate” the inclusion of the journalists, the museum ultimately decided to include the names in the memorial.

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