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April 5, 2012 0

Egyptian Television Re-Airs Anti-Semitic Miniseries “Horseman Without A Horse”

The anti-Semitic minis­eries Horse­man With­out A Horse, is back on Egypt­ian tele­vi­sion. The 41-part series, which first appeared on Egypt­ian state tele­vi­sion and other net­works across the Mid­dle East dur­ing Ramadan in 2002, is sched­uled to be broad­cast on Al-Tahrir TV.

Al-Tahrir TV, estab­lished after the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion, claims to be an inde­pen­dent voice of the “new Egypt” that sup­ports “Tahrir Square’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary youth and their principles.”

The series fea­tures the vir­u­lently anti-Semitic forgery “Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” which has been used through the last cen­tury as an excuse to scape­goat and per­se­cute Jews, as a major plot device.

The pro­gram, replete with gross anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions and depic­tions, tells the story of schem­ing Jews, who in a bid to dom­i­nate Israel, the Mid­dle East and the world, make efforts to hide the exis­tence of the “book” [The Pro­to­cols], which would reveal their conspiracy.

Fol­low­ing the orig­i­nal broad­cast of the minis­eries, gov­ern­ments around the world spoke out to con­demn it. While the Egypt­ian gov­ern­ment did not offi­cially com­ment on the pro­gram, its broad­cast did pro­voke a dis­cus­sion in the Egypt­ian media on the line between anti-Semitism and crit­i­cism of Israel. Most notably, Osama El-Baz, a top polit­i­cal advi­sor to then-President Hosni Mubarak, con­demned Egypt­ian anti-Semitism and Holo­caust denial (while still vehe­mently crit­i­ciz­ing Israel) in a series of arti­cles in Egypt’s lead­ing news­pa­per Al-Ahram.

Will gov­ern­ment, polit­i­cal, reli­gious and social lead­ers in post-revolutionary Egypt stand up and con­demn the age-old demo­niza­tion of Jews now appear­ing on Al-Tahrir TV?

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April 5, 2012 1

Egyptian Presidential Candidate Promotes Anti-Semitism

Egypt­ian pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who wants to abol­ish Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, has a his­tory of pro­mot­ing anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives in his state­ments against Israel.

In an inter­view with Al Jazeera in Feb­ru­ary 2012, Ismail said, “There’s no such thing as the state of Israel. Pales­tine is from the river to the sea, as it’s said… The Jews are not here on Earth to be rulers.”

In an elec­toral rally a month before, Ismail attacked the Zion­ists’ efforts to orga­nize trips to Israel from around the world. The crowds chanted in response: “Oh Jews of Khaibar, the army of Muham­mad is here… Oh Jews of Khaibar, Hazem Abu Ismail is here,” evok­ing the Qur’an’s account of a bat­tle between the prophet Muham­mad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar that resulted in the sub­ju­ga­tion of the Jews of Arabia.

Dur­ing a 2011 appear­ance on the talk show on the Islamic Tele­vi­sion chan­nel Mureed Al Janna, Ismail described sto­ries from Torah as sar­cas­tic and scan­dalous and said that even Jews doubt their religion.

Ismail, who is backed by the Salafists, describes the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel as “scan­dalous and shame­ful” in his “Mes­sage to the Hon­or­able Egypt­ian Peo­ple who Bow to none but Allah,” which out­lines his pres­i­den­tial program.

The detailed pro­gram, which is avail­able on his campaign’s offi­cial web­site, also includes the fol­low­ing for­eign pol­icy note:

“We believe that Israel is ille­git­i­mate. Israel has no right in Pales­tine, but we will not col­lide with them now; we must stand up on our feet first before we think about stand­ing on the con­fronta­tion line. Tak­ing into account the inter­ests of our coun­try is above all other con­sid­er­a­tions, but this would not be at the expense of our pride and our dig­nity and our Ara­bic and Islamic relations.”

The same pro­gram calls for build­ing a stronger rela­tion­ship with Iran in order to both pres­sure the U.S. and gain eco­nomic aid from it at the same time.

Dur­ing a lec­ture in Feb­ru­ary 2012, Ismael called Osama Bin Laden a mar­tyr, say­ing that “I ask God to accept him among the mar­tyr saints and the right­eous ones…. We ask God to enable Mus­lims to revenge for his death.”

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March 28, 2012 1

American “Global March to Jerusalem” Activist Interviewed by Hezbollah

Dur­ing an inter­view last week with Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion Al-Manar, Sarah Ann Marusek, an Amer­i­can orga­nizer of the upcom­ing “Global March to Jerusalem” (GMJ), dis­cussed the goals of the campaign.    
Marusek told Al-Manar that her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the GMJ is intended to “not only to pro­voke the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, but to pro­voke those Amer­i­cans who claim to sup­port the Pales­tini­ans while at the same time sup­port a solu­tion that elim­i­nates the right of refugees to return.”
Marusek added, “Deci­sion mak­ers in the U.S. are liv­ing in fear because of the Zion­ist lobby; if they made a deci­sion that sup­ports the Pales­tini­ans, they will be con­demned and lose their jobs and the sup­port they have.”
The inter­view with Al-Manar fol­lowed a press con­fer­ence at the Jour­nal­ists Union in Beirut, Lebanon, which was attended by var­i­ous Pales­tin­ian mil­i­tant fac­tions in Lebanon. Has­san Zaidan, head of the Com­mit­tee to Sup­port the Resis­tance in Pales­tine, a group closely asso­ci­ated with Hezbol­lah, spoke before Marusek, stat­ing that “to count on West­ern and Amer­i­can inten­tions in order to free Jerusalem and achieve the return of refugees is pathetic.”  
Marusek is cur­rently a PhD can­di­date Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity and a polit­i­cal ana­lyst for Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion Press TV. She main­tains a web­site that offers Eng­lish trans­la­tion of Has­san Nas­ral­lah speeches.
Marusek also works with the Right to Return Com­mit­tee in Lebanon, which co-organized a July 2011 rally with Hezbol­lah in Mar Ilias refugee camp in Lebanon to honor wounded Pales­tini­ans who par­tic­i­pated in the May 2011 “Nakba day” march. The march was orga­nized in part on social net­work­ing sites call­ing for a “Third Pales­tin­ian Intifada,” or vio­lent upris­ing against the State of Israel.

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