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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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May 22, 2013 2

State Department’s Religious Freedom Report Recognizes Severity Of Global Anti-Semitism

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Des­e­cra­tion of Jew­ish cemetery

On May 20, 2013, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry released the State Department’s annual Inter­na­tional Reli­gious Free­dom Report for 2012, describ­ing the U.S. assess­ment of the sta­tus of reli­gious free­dom in every coun­try. The report cov­ers gov­ern­ment poli­cies vio­lat­ing reli­gious belief and prac­tices of groups, reli­gious denom­i­na­tions and indi­vid­u­als, and U.S. poli­cies to pro­mote reli­gious free­dom around the world.

This annual report demon­strates the Amer­i­can com­mit­ment to the fun­da­men­tal demo­c­ra­tic right to prac­tice one’s reli­gion with­out inter­fer­ence from gov­ern­ment and sig­ni­fies and under­scores the role gov­ern­ments must play in pro­tect­ing that right.  It shines a light on a num­ber of impor­tant issues specif­i­cally related to the per­se­cu­tion of reli­gious minori­ties, includ­ing gov­ern­ment spon­sored dis­crim­i­na­tion, reli­gious big­otry and hatred prop­a­gated by the media, and vio­lence directed at spe­cific reli­gious denominations.

While address­ing all forms of reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion, the U.S. government’s role in mon­i­tor­ing and com­bat­ting anti-Jewish expres­sions around the world is an impor­tant fea­ture of the report. It high­lights inci­dents of anti-Semitism on the gov­ern­men­tal level, in pol­i­tics and within the media, and doc­u­ments acts of van­dal­ism and vio­lence directed at Jews. These include:

Iran — The government’s con­tin­ued Holo­caust denial and prop­a­ga­tion of anti-Semitic stereo­types, includ­ing pro­nounce­ments by Pres­i­dent Ahmadine­jad regard­ing “Zionists…ruling the major world affairs” for some 400 years.

Egypt — Senior Mus­lim Broth­er­hood offi­cials, includ­ing Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei, fre­quently issue anti-Semitic state­ments, while the media airs anti-Semitic pro­gram­ming, includ­ing the TV series “Horse­man with­out a Horse” based on the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery “The Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion.” The wide­spread hatred and vio­lence directed at Egypt’s Cop­tic Chris­t­ian com­mu­nity is also mentioned.

Venezuela — Anti-Semitism is quite preva­lent in the gov­ern­ment con­trolled media, par­tic­u­larly in opin­ion pieces and edi­to­r­ial car­toons. The recent pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy of Hen­rique Capriles, a Catholic of Jew­ish descent, was a main focus of the media’s anti-Semitism. 

Chile - There has been an increase in the num­ber anti-Semitic pub­lic state­ments, par­tic­u­larly across social media plat­forms. Inci­dents of anti-Jewish van­dal­ism are on the rise, and a num­ber of phys­i­cal attacks against Jews were doc­u­mented, includ­ing an assault on a 14 year-old by a group of Neo-Nazis.

The State Department’s report also makes a num­ber of ref­er­ences to ADL’s work in high­light­ing and com­bat­ing global anti-Semitism, par­tic­u­larly in Europe. These include:

Aus­tria – ADL’s train­ing projects with the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion on Holo­caust education.

Greece – ADL’s state­ments call­ing on gov­ern­ment author­i­ties to do more to counter the anti-Semitic rhetoric and vio­lent actions of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn polit­i­cal party.

Hun­gary – ADL’s state­ments call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to enforce a new law that would hold mem­bers of par­lia­ment legally account­able for espous­ing hate­ful remarks. This law was in reac­tion to an anti-Semitic state­ment by a mem­ber of country’s neo-Nazi Job­bik party, who called on par­lia­ment to “assess how many MPs and gov­ern­ment mem­bers are of Jew­ish ori­gin and who present a national secu­rity risk to Hun­gary.” The report also cited ADL’s sur­vey on anti-Semitic atti­tudes in Hun­gary which showed a sig­nif­i­cant rise in the per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion har­bor­ing anti-Semitic attitudes.

Turkey – ADL’s state­ment crit­i­ciz­ing a cos­met­ics com­pany for fea­tur­ing Adolph Hitler in a sham­poo com­mer­cial that ran on state television.

The State Department’s Inter­na­tional Reli­gious Free­dom Report for 2012 can be found here.

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