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January 22, 2016 2

The Enemy Of My Enemy Is Still…..A Jew

Saud Al Shureem anti-semitic Tweet

Saud al-Shuraim’s anti-Semitic tweet about the Jewish-Iranian alliance

Over the past month, esca­lat­ing ten­sion in the Mid­dle East between Iran and the Arab Gulf States helped fuel a resur­gence of anti-Semitic state­ments and con­spir­acy the­o­ries about a sup­posed link between Israel and Jews to Iran.

Angered by Iran’s increas­ing influ­ence in the region, promi­nent Arab fig­ures includ­ing politi­cians, reli­gious lead­ers and jour­nal­ists have accused Jews and Israel of secretly sup­port­ing Iran and Shi’a Mus­lims in their war against the Sunni Mus­lim world.

Just last week, promi­nent Saudi scholar, Saud al-Shuraim, an Imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca wrote the fol­low­ing state­ment on his Twit­ter account: “It is no won­der the Safavids [Ira­ni­ans] ally with Jews and Chris­tians against Mus­lims because his­tory tes­ti­fies that this is the case. What is strange are the minds which took too long to under­stand this fact.”

Some went as far as accus­ing “the Jews” of orches­trat­ing Iran’s war against the Sunni Mus­lim world. Jor­dan­ian online news agency Ammon News pub­lished an arti­cle on Jan­u­ary 19, titled “Iran started its holy war on the Sun­nis with the bless­ing of the Jews.”

The online pub­li­ca­tion, Al Khaleej Affairs, which spe­cial­izes in Arab Gulf States’ Affairs, inter­viewed Iraqi Sunni activist Falih Al Shi­bly on Jan­u­ary 21 to talk about the Iran­ian involve­ment in Iraq. In the inter­view Al Shi­bly claimed, “Unfor­tu­nately, there is igno­rance in the region about the Jew­ish sup­ported Per­sian plot.” He added that “This plot is against all Arab coun­tries from the Ara­bian West to the ‘Ara­bian’ Gulf.”

Other anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions included con­spir­acy the­o­ries that the Jew­ish lobby in the U.S. is respon­si­ble for dri­ving America’s pol­icy in Iran’s best inter­ests. Dubai Police Chief, Dahi Khal­fan, whose bizarre state­ments in the past included accus­ing the Jews of being linked to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, claimed on Jan­u­ary 18 that Pres­i­dent Obama is of Shi’a roots and “the sons of Zion” [the Jews] helped him  reach pres­i­dency to “bring Iran and Amer­ica closer.” Khalfan’s state­ments were widely cir­cu­lated in the Arab world.

Such a claim about Jew­ish sup­port for Iran was the sub­ject of sev­eral tweets by for­mer Man­ager of the Dubai Gov­ern­ment Media Office, Dherar Bel­houl Al Falasi, on Jan­u­ary 11. He claimed that Jews revere Iran because it is con­sid­ered a “holy” coun­try in Judaism. He wrote “Jews revere Iran more than ‘Palestine.’”

The ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion ISIS is cap­i­tal­iz­ing on this anti-Semitic trend as well. The fea­tured arti­cle in their most recent English-language mag­a­zine Dabiq issue included a 14-page screed link­ing Jews and Shi’as. The back cover of the mag­a­zine also fea­tured a full page image of Jews pray­ing in a syn­a­gogue with a clear ref­er­ence to the Jews of Isfa­han in Iran.

This anti-Semitic rhetoric is more than just a delu­sional per­spec­tive. It is a tool that has been used time and again to gal­va­nize Arab pub­lic opinion.

These con­spir­acy the­o­ries also fail to rec­og­nize both the very real threat Iran rep­re­sents to the Jew­ish state and the cen­tral­ity of anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda in the ide­ol­ogy embraced by Iran’s rul­ing regime. It is ironic that such accu­sa­tions emerge while Iran is orga­niz­ing  an inter­na­tional car­toon contest–on the Holocaust.

Ten­sion between Iran and the Arab world has a long his­tory, but it has esca­lated notably over the past few months as a result of the Iran nuclear agree­ment and grow­ing con­cern among Arab Gulf States about Iran’s expand­ing regional influ­ence and its involve­ment in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Arab world. Both sides have used the media to prop­a­gate anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions against the other through the lens of their own agen­das. It seems that  Shi’as  and Sun­nis can agree on one thing: blam­ing the Jews for their problems.

In the past, ADL doc­u­mented a num­ber of sim­i­lar con­spir­acy the­o­ries in the Arab world includ­ing that ISIS has Jew­ish roots and that Israel and Jews are linked to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

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February 1, 2013 3

UAE Official Links Israel and Jews To Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracies Via Twitter

Update — 11/9/15: Dubai Police Chief, Dahi Khal­fan, appears to have resumed his activ­ity on social media, and uses anti-Semitic state­ments to respond to oppo­nents of the United Arab Emi­rates. On Novem­ber 3, he wrote on his offi­cial Twit­ter account sev­eral state­ments to pro­mote anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives and anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­ries. In response to a com­ment prais­ing Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Erdo­gan, Khal­fan wrote, “On one side he appears as if he is against the aggres­sion against Gaza, but at the same time his mil­i­tary air­planes par­tic­i­pate in joint air maneu­vers with the Jews.”

He then com­mented, “The Mason Broth­er­hood [Mus­lim Broth­er­hood] is part of a plot by the Jews.” He also claimed in another post that an Israeli leader had con­fessed that Israel would win over Arabs by spread­ing sec­tar­i­an­ism among them.

It should be noted that some of his con­tro­ver­sial Tweets appear to have been deleted later.

dubai-khalfan-twitter

“…how fast you roman­ti­cized the Jews, couldn’t you wait a year at least… such a rush.”

Dubai Police Chief, Dahi Khal­fan, who is known for his pub­lic ani­mos­ity toward the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, is increas­ingly using anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­ries and anti-Semitism in his Twit­ter cam­paign against the Mus­lim Brotherhood.

Khal­fan, who also holds the rank of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral and serves as a mem­ber of the Exec­u­tive Coun­cil of the Gov­ern­ment of Dubai, has over 300 thou­sand fol­low­ers on his Twit­ter account, which he devotes pri­mar­ily to crit­i­cism the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

In his tweets, Khal­fan tries to dis­credit the Broth­er­hood by describ­ing nefar­i­ous alle­giance to Israel and Jews. The way Khal­fan uses these con­spir­acy the­o­ries demon­strates that no alle­ga­tion made against Jews and Israel is too absurd when it is used to stig­ma­tize and dis­credit oth­ers in Arab world.

“The Jewish-Muslim Broth­er­hood alliance and the project of estab­lish­ing Greater Israel.”

On Jan­u­ary 2, for exam­ple, Khal­fan Retweeted a link to a YouTube video titled “The Jewish-Muslim Broth­er­hood alliance and the project of estab­lish­ing Greater Israel.” The video accuses the Jews of using the Broth­er­hood to achieve their goal of con­trol­ling Mus­lims and estab­lish­ing greater Israel.

Sev­eral of Khalfan’s tweets from Jan­u­ary 4 attempt to dis­credit the Broth­er­hood by sug­gest­ing that the group cares too much about Jews. For example:

  • When one of the broth­er­hood offi­cials, Essam El-Erian, called for Egypt­ian Jews to return to Egypt to accel­er­ate the destruc­tion of Israel, Khal­fan mocked the Broth­er­hood, tweet­ing, “Essam El-erian says to the Jews who left Egypt ‘Wahash­toona’ [love song: We miss you].”
  • He also tweeted, “The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood fell down in pub­lic opin­ion as their ugly creed is shown to be ‘The goal jus­ti­fies the mean’/// how fast you roman­ti­cized the Jews, couldn’t you wait a year at least… such a rush.”
  • A third tweet read, “Yes­ter­day the song of the Ikhwan­jia [Mus­lim Broth­er­hood] was: in Mil­lions we march to lib­er­ate Pales­tine, but today the Ikhwanjia’s chant ‘Oh pre­cious Jews, come back where you are, take what­ever you want’”

Below is a sam­pling of Khalfan’s tweets link­ing Israel to the Broth­er­hood, which he views as a safe­guard for Israel.

  • On Jan­u­ary 26, Khal­fan tweeted: “The Broth­er­hood is a cor­rupt group that can­not lead the Ummah [Islamic nation]. They came [to power] by an Amer­i­can choice to achieve the secu­rity of Israel — no more.”
  • On Jan­u­ary 25, Khal­fan tweeted that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are com­plicit in a Mus­lim Brotherhood’s role to pro­tect Israel: “Get the facts: the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood means ensur­ing the safety of Israel by Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad…”

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