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June 18, 2013

Leaked “Khaiber” Episodes Confirm ADL Concern Over Anti-Semitic Themes

The first two episodes of “Khaiber,” a multi-million dol­lar tele­vi­sion series com­mem­o­rat­ing the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th century, have been posted on Youtube. The episodes, which series producers reportedly claim have been leaked, reveal the degree to which classical anti-Semitic narratives are being promoted in the program.

Scheduled to air during Ramadan next month, the episodes depict life prior to the rise of Islam in the Arabian city of Yathrib, where the Jewish tribe of Khaiber lived between the two Arab tribes of Al-Aws and Al-Khazraj.

Khaiber Rabbis are portrayed as secretly conspiring to fuel war between the Arabs in order to weaken them. The main character, the Grand Rabbi in Yathrib, Hayi Ben Akhtab, seeks to sow conflict between Arabs to promote the weapon industry, which Jews control, according to the episodes. Another character, a Rabbi by the name of Shas, is depicted as a symbol of Jewish hatred to the Prophet Muhammad.

Other Jews who live in the city are depicted as frugal, greedy and immoral merchants who profit from the Arabs. The one Jewish character that is depicted as a good man awaits the appearance of Muhammad to convert to Islam.

Last February, ADL first reported on the Echo Media Qatar production and on Egyptian author, Yusri al-Jindy, who wrote the script for the mini-series. ADL exposed the troubling history of al-Jindy’s previous work, which propagated anti-Semitism and extreme anti-Israel themes.

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