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July 16, 2013 0

Latest Khaiber Episodes Establish Anti-Jewish Narrative

The first five episodes of Khaiber, the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar tele­vi­sion series that dra­ma­tizes the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th cen­tury, have aired across the Arab world.khaiber-episodes-3-4-5

The first two episodes revealed the degree to which clas­si­cal anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives are being pro­moted in the pro­gram. The lat­est three episodes, described below, are a con­tin­u­a­tion of those themes.

ADL first raised con­cern about Khaiber and its anti-Jewish con­tent in Feb­ru­ary 2013. In addi­tion, ADL has exposed the program’s Egypt­ian writer, Yusri Al-Jindy, who has had pre­vi­ously depicted Israelis and Jews as blood­thirsty sav­ages, and the expres­sions of anti-Semitism by var­i­ous peo­ple asso­ci­ated with the production.

Episode 3

In this episode, sev­eral Rab­bis are shown respond­ing with anger to the news that a new prophet appeared in Mecca. One of the Rab­bis, Al-Harith says, “We will reject him as we rejected Christ.”

The Rab­bis then dis­cuss test­ing Mohammed with a series of ques­tions in order to ver­ify his sta­tus as a prophet. How­ever, most agree that even if Mohammed answers the ques­tions cor­rectly, they will not rec­og­nize him. “If we declare him a prophet, it would be against the inter­est of the Jews… can you guar­an­tee that he will be of ben­e­fit to us, where is our inter­est in this?” Ben Akhtab, the Grand Rabbi asks. He then explains that it is in the inter­est of the Jews to cre­ate an alliance with the Mec­cans because the Jews require their power and money.

In addi­tion, a blind Rabbi named Shas, who wears a large Star of David neck­lace, is depicted as a vicious per­son who is more con­cerned about money than reli­gion. He reveals his hatred to Mohammed by say­ing that he is an “imposter and a liar.”

Episode 4

In this episode, Ben Akhtab con­spires to kill the one “good” Rabbi in the show, who believes that Muham­mad is a real Prophet (the Rabbi sur­vives the assas­si­na­tion attempt). Ben Akhtab, also decides to make a deal with one of his Arab pris­on­ers — in return for killing Mohammed, the pris­oner will be granted his free­dom (the pris­oner escapes and avoids hav­ing to take part in the plot).

Episode 5

In this episode, the Jews cre­ate an alliance with Ibn Aubay, a promi­nent Arab leader whose ambi­tion is to be the king of Yathrib and con­trol the two rival Arab tribes who live there; the Al-Aws and Al-Khazra tribes.

When fight­ing erupts between the Arab tribes, Rabbi Shas tells Rabbi Ben Akhtab, “Let them kill each other until ter­mi­na­tion.” Ben Akhtab responds, “This is against our inter­ests…. No for let­ting them ter­mi­nate each other; Yes to cre­at­ing an alliance with Ibn Aubay in order to become their masters.”

Ben Akhtab also claims, “The solu­tion is in the papers of Jew­ish schol­ars; with any king or tyrant we must appease him, con­tain him, and con­nect our inter­ests with his interests.”

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July 9, 2013 2

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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June 7, 2013 1

Egyptian Prime Minister Attends Anti-Semitic Sermon

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Dr. Alaa Abdu­laziz, Egypt’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, speaks at anti-Semitic rally

Egypt­ian Prime Min­is­ter Hisham Qandil and other mem­bers of his cab­i­net attended an anti-Semitic ser­mon today at Rabiaa al-Adawia Mosque in Cairo. Dr. Salah Sul­tan, a mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, deliv­ered the ser­mon, which called the Jews “the ene­mies of God… The cursed ones.”

Sul­tan asked Mus­lims to be ready to fight the “sons of Israel” and called upon Chris­tians to remem­ber that Jews con­spired to kill Jesus and accused his mother of adultery.

Sul­tan also made the pre­pos­ter­ous claim that in the Tal­mud teaches that God cre­ated Jews from human sperm and the non-Jews from ani­mal sperm” so that the non-Jews serve as ani­mals to the Jews. He also crit­i­cized the cul­ture in Egypt before the rev­o­lu­tion because it rec­og­nized Israel and called for a cor­rec­tion in edu­ca­tion about Palestine.

After the ser­mon, Egypt’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Dr. Alaa Abdu­laziz, deliv­ered a short speech to reit­er­ate Egypt’s com­mit­ment to con­sider “Jerusalem a cap­i­tal for Palestine.”

The ser­mon was part of Egypt’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the mem­ory of the Isra and Mi’raj, the night jour­ney of Prophet Mohammed to Jerusalem. Other ral­lies also took place in Cairo to com­mem­o­rate what many in Arab world con­sider the 46th anniver­sary of the occu­pa­tion of east­ern Jerusalem by Israeli forces.

In Octo­ber of last year, ADL expressed con­cern after Pres­i­dent Morsi attended a ser­mon, which fea­tured sim­i­lar anti-Semitism.

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