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August 1, 2012 3

Anti-Semitism Pervasive in Ramadan Television Programs

Dur­ing Ramadan, the Mus­lim holy month observed by fast­ing and prayer, many satel­lite chan­nels in the Arab world broad­cast spe­cial pro­grams for the occa­sion that are rife with anti-Semitism and harsh anti-Israel expres­sions. These series are gen­er­ally very pop­u­lar and receive broader view­er­ship than pro­grams aired through­out the rest of the year.

Here are some exam­ples taken from the more pop­u­lar shows that have aired since the start of Ramadan this year:

Firqat Naji Attalah

The bank rob­bers dis­guise them­selves by dress­ing as Hasidic Jews.

This nightly series is widely aired through­out the Mid­dle East and depicts Israelis in clas­sic anti-Semitic fash­ion. A Mid­dle East broad­cast net­work, MBC, pro­moted the show say­ing it will “sur­prise the audi­ence with the sweet­est jokes about the ‘cheap Jew.’”

The show revolves around the char­ac­ter of Naji Atta­lah, a diplo­mat work­ing in the Egypt­ian embassy in Tel Aviv who decides to take revenge on Israel by rob­bing an Israeli bank. A scene in the first episode por­trayed an Israeli bank man­ager speak­ing Ara­bic with an Iraqi-Jewish accent. He offers Naji Atta­lah a cup of cof­fee that con­tains lit­tle cof­fee and no sugar. He then attempts to cheat Atta­lah while count­ing his money, an attempt to por­tray an image of the fru­gal and cheat­ing Jew.

The staff at the Egypt­ian embassy is por­trayed as unhappy about deal­ing with Jews. While they rec­og­nize that they are required to deal with Israelis as part of their job, they are por­trayed as being hate­ful towards them.  In one scene, a dri­ver for the Egypt­ian embassy exclaims, “When Hamas or Hezbol­lah launch a mis­sile on them [Israelis], one’s heart jumps out of joy.”

The main char­ac­ter is played by famous Egypt­ian actor Adil Imam, whose per­for­mance has been hailed as an amus­ing mock­ery of Jews’ alleged frugality.

Ashab il-Sabt

This bi-weekly show is aired by Ar-Rahma, a Salafist chan­nel based in Egypt that fea­tures an anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor at Tanta Uni­ver­sity in Egypt. The pro­fes­sor, Dr. Mohammed Jalal Idris, allegedly a spe­cial­ist in Hebrew lit­er­a­ture, uses the show as a podium to prop­a­gate the con­spir­acy the­o­ries espoused in the “Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion” and other hate­ful the­o­ries about Judaism.

The pro­gram fea­tures live call-ins from view­ers who ask Idris about Jews and Judaism. In one instance Idris was asked if he knows of a Jew­ish plan to con­trol the Mus­lim holy city of Mad­ina. He responded that Israel has sub­mit­ted a request to Saudi Ara­bia for com­pen­sa­tions worth mil­lions of dol­lars on behalf of the Jews who lived in Mad­ina 1400 years ago. Idris then added, “Egypt should request com­pen­sa­tions from Israel for the gold the Jews stole from Egypt,” refer­ring to the Exo­dus story in the Bible.

Il Hukm Ba’d il Muzawla

This Can­did Camera-style show, which airs on the Egypt-based An–Nahar TV, pro­vokes irra­tional and bla­tantly anti-Semitic reac­tions from its guests. In one episode, for exam­ple, a pop­u­lar Egypt­ian pub­lic fig­ure was informed that he was being inter­viewed by a French chan­nel. The inter­viewer pre­tended that she was an under­cover Israeli, grad­u­ally slip­ping into an Israeli accent and ask­ing polit­i­cal ques­tions related to Israel. The inter­vie­wee became con­vinced that he had been set up and attacked the pro­ducer, shout­ing “son of a dirty Jew­ish mother.” Other guests also have bru­tally beaten the staff when led to believe they were Jews.

Al-Ghalibun

The Hezbol­lah TV chan­nel, al Manar, is broad­cast­ing a new sea­son of last year’s suc­cess­ful series – “The Vic­to­ri­ous.” The series tells the story of the Israeli inva­sion of South Lebanon and the suf­fer­ing of the Lebanese peo­ple. The nar­ra­tive is extremely anti-Israel and reg­u­larly por­trays Israeli com­man­ders as con­spir­ing against the Lebanese lead­er­ship and peo­ple. In one of the scenes, an Israeli com­man­der says to his col­league: “This is the hap­pi­est day — as we ‘fin­ished’ with our ene­mies in Sabra and Shatila.”

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June 12, 2012 15

Press TV Airs Anti-Semitic Interviews to Mark U.S.S. Liberty Anniversary

Press TV, Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion, marked the 45th anniver­sary of the sink­ing of the USS Lib­erty by inter­view­ing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activists Ali­son Weir, Michael San­tomauro, and J. Bruce Campbell.
Dur­ing the inter­view, which was held on June 8, the trio accused Israel of pur­pose­fully tar­get­ing the U.S. war­ship dur­ing the height of the 1967 Six-Day War. (The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the U.S.S. Lib­erty, an Amer­i­can ship that was unin­ten­tion­ally fired on by Israeli forces, has been reg­u­lar fod­der for anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­rists.) The inter­view also included sev­eral anti-Semitic state­ments and con­spir­a­to­r­ial accu­sa­tions of Jew­ish con­trol over the U.S. government.
Michael San­tomauro, an anti-Israel blog­ger and Holo­caust denier, alleged that the USS Lib­erty is a cover-up main­tained by U.S.-based Jew­ish sup­port for Israel and the dis­pro­por­tion­ate influ­ence Jews hold over the U.S. gov­ern­ment. Jew­ish inter­est groups, whom San­tomauro claimed pro­vide over the over­whelm­ing amount of fund­ing to U.S. polit­i­cal par­ties, wield their power through what he termed “Jew­ish PAC money.”
J. Bruce Camp­bell, a con­tribut­ing writer for the anti-Semitic web­site, Vet­er­ans Today, claimed that the attack on the Lib­erty was part of a con­spir­a­to­r­ial U.S-Israeli plan he called Oper­a­tion Cyanide, a secret mil­i­tary oper­a­tion that Camp­bell alleges pur­pose­fully sent the Lib­erty to get sunk by the Israelis in order to place blame on Egypt. The desired result, Camp­bell claims, would have been for the U.S. to retal­i­ate against Egypt and to “drop nuclear bombs on Cairo and Alexan­dria.” Camp­bell asserted that this was ordered by the U.S. to assist Israel in cre­at­ing “great [sic] Israel stretch­ing from the Nile to Euphrates rivers.”
When asked by the host whether he agrees that Israel con­trols the U.S. gov­ern­ment, Camp­bell responded, “I would say the Jews in Amer­ica [run the United States]. Israel is a euphemism … It is really Amer­i­can Jews who are behind this [the Iraq and Afghanistan wars] just as it was dur­ing 1967…” Camp­bell also claimed that Amer­i­can Jews want to kill “mil­lions of Mus­lims” and “thou­sands of Amer­i­cans. This is what Amer­i­can Jews want, this is what they make hap­pen through Wash­ing­ton D.C.”
Ali­son Weir, pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est (CNI), an anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion that opposes U.S. aid to Israel, added to Santomauro’s com­ment about the pro-Israel lobby and char­ac­ter­ized the U.S-Israel rela­tion­ship as an “extremely unhealthy sit­u­a­tion.” Weir also said that large sums of dona­tions from pro-Israel groups are the cause of “tragedy, mis­ery, vio­lence and war after war after war.” Weir’s com­ments are con­sis­tent with her record of using anti-Semitic imagery and por­tray­ing Israel and its agents as pow­er­ful forces that con­trol Amer­i­can pol­icy through intim­i­da­tion and deception.
Press TV, which is based in Tehran, is used by the cler­i­cal regime to pro­vide a plat­form for extreme ele­ments and activists to air their views and opin­ions. Many of Press TV’s U.S.-based guests are fre­quently invited by the sta­tion specif­i­cally for their con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Israel views. Ear­lier this year, Weir appeared as a guest on the sta­tion to dis­cuss the 2012 Amer­i­can Israel Pub­lic Affairs Com­mit­tee (AIPAC) con­fer­ence, call­ing the pro-Israel lobby “very dan­ger­ous to the world” and “for Americans.”

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June 1, 2012 0

CEIRPP Paris Conference Furthers UN Anti-Israel Bias

The Com­mit­tee on the Exer­cise of the Inalien­able Rights of the Pales­tin­ian Peo­ple (CEIRPP), a forum for anti-Israel rhetoric that rep­re­sents the worst exam­ple of insti­tu­tion­al­ized anti-Israel bias in the United Nations, con­cluded a two-day con­fer­ence at UNESCO head­quar­ters in Paris on May 31.

This year’s meet­ing, osten­si­bly on “The Role of Youth and Women in the Peace­ful Set­tle­ment of the Ques­tion of Pales­tine,” was another typ­i­cal dis­play of the CEIRPP’s attempt to por­tray a highly dis­torted image of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In typ­i­cal bait-and-switch fash­ion, CEIRPP’s press state­ment mis­lead­ingly billed the gath­er­ing as “an inter­na­tional meet­ing in sup­port of the Israeli-Palestinian peace-process,” with UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon deliv­er­ing a pro-peace video mes­sage to those gath­ered. Yet, as usual, the actual agenda was gen­er­ally highly crit­i­cal of the Jew­ish State, with speak­ers resort­ing to plac­ing the onus of the blame for the Pales­tin­ian sit­u­a­tion and the cur­rent stale­mate in the nego­ti­at­ing process on Israel, while fail­ing to offer seri­ous con­struc­tive meth­ods to address the chal­lenges of the peace process.

CEIRPP, the only United Nations organ devoted to a spe­cific peo­ple, is the sin­gle most pro­lific source of mate­r­ial bear­ing the offi­cial impri­matur of the U.N. which maligns and debases the Jew­ish State.

In a 2009 report, ADL high­lighted CEIRPP’s UN funded anti-Israel agenda and activ­i­ties, call­ing the com­mit­tee an anachro­nism. ADL has repeat­edly urged the UN to defund and dis­band it.

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