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May 13, 2014

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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