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July 9, 2013

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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