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November 13, 2015 0

A Religious Ruling Forbidding the Killing of Jews Sparks Controversy

A  recent video fea­tur­ing a Mus­lim reli­gious leader issu­ing a rul­ing for­bid­ding the killing of Jews has sparked con­tro­versy on social media. The video shows Jor­dan­ian Salafi Sheik Ali Al-Halabi giv­ing a les­son to a group of stu­dents. One of the stu­dents says to the Sheik: “The Jews in Pales­tine — some say it is per­mis­si­ble to kill them under any cir­cum­stances.” The Sheik replies: “One who pro­tects you, pro­vides you with elec­tric­ity and water, and trans­fers money to you; one for whom you work and whose money you earn – you will double-cross him, even if he were a Jew?! This sort of killing is per­mis­si­ble dur­ing con­fronta­tion, dur­ing a declared war, whereas when there’s mutual trust and you double-cross and kill him – this is not permissible.”

The stu­dent then asks if this also applies to armed sol­diers walk­ing in the street, to which the Sheik replies “The same answer. Let me ask you a ques­tion: ‘Does a gun­man walk­ing in the street kill every Mus­lim he sees?” The stu­dent replies “No.”

Another stu­dent asks the Sheik if it were true that they [Israelis/Jews] don’t attack unless attacked first? The Sheik answers that while he didn’t know, that is what “the broth­ers in Pales­tine informed us.” How­ever, the Sheik adds, “this gen­eral rul­ing – one shouldn’t think we thus defend the detested Jews, but this is the real­ity. Oth­er­wise, if they killed any­one they saw, no one would remain in Palestine.”

Headline: "A Salafi Sheik in Jordan forbids killing the Occupation's soldiers!"

Filastin news­pa­per (Gaza), Novem­ber 3, 2015 Head­line: “A Salafi Sheik in Jor­dan for­bids killing the Occupation’s soldiers!”

Per­haps unsur­pris­ing, the Sheik’s com­ments sparked a wave of angry reac­tions on Face­book, where the Sheik was tar­geted with hate­ful posts includ­ing: “His face indi­cates he is of Jew­ish ori­gin,” “This garbage, who refers to them as sheiks?,” “God’s curse upon you and your likes, it is not per­mis­si­ble to kill the Zion­ists because they trans­fer you money and food,” “I spit on sheiks, shave off your beard and make it a broom for the toi­let,” “It is per­mis­si­ble to kill you, may God kill you and your likes”.

Fol­low­ing the angry reac­tion to his com­ments, Sheik Al-Halabi clar­i­fied his rul­ing, say­ing “The Jews are usurp­ing occu­piers, a double-crossing and treach­er­ous peo­ple who are decep­tive and cun­ning. They killed the mes­sen­gers and the prophets … Jihad against the Jews is an oblig­a­tory one, incum­bent upon every Mus­lim state and upon every Mus­lim who accepts Allah as his Lord and Islam as his religion.”

Another reli­gious leader, Sheik Abu Himam, who was present at Al-Halabi’s les­son, also renounced the pro­hi­bi­tion against killing Jews. In a Novem­ber 7th video, Sheik Abu Himam says: “I empha­size and reit­er­ate that it is per­mis­si­ble to kill the Jew­ish occu­pier, and that it is legit­i­mate for our peo­ple in Pales­tine to defend [them­selves] in every means and in every way which enables them to repel this enemy and kill them to the extent that they can.” He adds that “Our lofty and sub­lime Salafi method is known for its fidelity to those who believe and for being devoid of poly­the­ism, athe­ism, and oppres­sion, first and fore­most of which are the descen­dants of apes and pigs, the Jews.”

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October 15, 2015 17

Instructional Content On How To Stab Jews Spreads On Social Media

Update — 10/20/15: After alert­ing Google, Face­book and Twit­ter to the prob­lem­atic mate­r­ial cited in this blog post, all the items have been removed by those ser­vices in a prompt manner. 

As vio­lence esca­lates in Israel, con­tent has emerged across social media platforms—including YouTube, Face­book, and Twitter—not only urg­ing peo­ple to stab Jews, but pro­vid­ing instruc­tional infor­ma­tion on how to stab peo­ple and which knives to use.

The fol­low­ing is a sam­pling of Arabic-language posts ADL has iden­ti­fied in the past sev­eral days specif­i­cally pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion about how to stab vic­tims. While such con­tent is avail­able is many lan­guages, the Ara­bic lan­guage con­tent seems geared toward Ara­bic speak­ers in Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is alert­ing var­i­ous social media com­pa­nies about this con­tent. ADL con­tin­ues to work with the indus­try to improve poli­cies and pro­to­cols for the removal of con­tent that trig­gers vio­lence or pro­motes big­otry, con­tent that is con­trary to the com­pa­nies’ terms of service.

ADL con­tin­ues to encour­age the pub­lic to report such con­tent. ADL Cyber-Safety Action Guide pro­vides quick and easy access to com­pany poli­cies and com­plaint forms.

  • A video fea­tur­ing two masked men demon­strat­ing sev­eral stab­bing tech­niques is avail­able on sev­eral YouTube chan­nels. The video, posted on Octo­ber 5, is listed under sev­eral titles, includ­ing “Learn how to stab a Jew.” The video is also cir­cu­lat­ing on Face­book and Twitter.YouTube stab image
  • A num­ber of Twit­ter users started post­ing a graphic last week describ­ing what type of knife should be used for stab­bing attacks in Israel. The image includes the fol­low­ing instruc­tions: “Cir­cu­late: Regard­ing the Youth in the occu­pied lands, they must use ser­rated knives in stab­bing so the air can enter the body of the tar­get, which leads to imme­di­ate death, and the destruc­tion of organs when the knife is pulled.”

“[Right side, in red] Use this”    “[Left side, in green] don’t use this”

Twitter stab image

  •  Other Twit­ter users using an Ara­bic hash­tag “Slaugh­ter­ing the Jews” posted a mes­sage that reads: “Don’t hes­i­tate in using this qual­ity (veg­etable knife) as it’s the strongest in caus­ing pain #Slaugh­ter­ingth­e­Jews.” Below is an exam­ple from Octo­ber 8.Twitter 2 stab image
  • Sev­eral Twit­ter users rec­om­mend attach­ing a cam­era to the knife to record the stab­bing in HD. For exam­ple, the tweet below from Octo­ber 5 includes an image of a GoPro cam­era attached to a knife and hash­tags that trans­late to  “West Bank is upris­ing” “Stab a sol­dier with a knife to lib­er­ate Pales­tine” and  “Intifada started.”Twitter 3 stab image
  • The fol­low­ing image posted on Face­book on Octo­ber 14 shows a dia­gram of the cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem with sug­ges­tions of areas to stab. The image was included with an Ara­bic Face­book hash­tag “Stab.”Facebook stab image.
  • The fol­low­ing image posted on Insta­gram on Octo­ber 12 reads, “When you stab, put poi­son on the knife or soak the knife in vine­gar. Stab with a screw dri­ver and insert it in the neck….stabber stab­ber stab correctly.”Instagram stab image


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August 5, 2015 0

Egypt’s New Interest in its Jewish Past

There has been much dis­cus­sion about  the recent Egypt­ian TV drama The Jew­ish Quar­ter, which depicts the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in Egypt in the 1940s through a love story between a Jew­ish woman and a Mus­lim Egypt­ian army officer.

ADL noted that despite some expec­ta­tions that it would depart from the usual anti-Semitic canards typ­i­cally found in Ramadan-period pro­duc­tions, The Jew­ish Quar­ter divides Egypt­ian Jews into two cat­e­gories:  “good” Jews and “bad” Jew.  The good Jews are loyal to Egypt and sup­port its war against Israel while Zion­ist Jews, are depicted as wicked, liars, evil and try­ing to betray Egypt.

At the same time, as flawed as The Jew­ish Quar­ter is, it appears to reflect a new inter­est among Egyp­tians in its once-thriving Jew­ish community.

Exam­ples include, the 2012 Egyptian-made film, Jews of Egypt , which doc­u­mented the  his­tory of the com­mu­nity and a num­ber of recent arti­cles which have exam­ined the Jews’ his­tor­i­cal role in the country’s success.

the jewish quarter egypt

“No one can deny the role played by Egypt’s Jews through­out its his­tory, a role con­sid­ered vital and impor­tant”, noted one arti­cle pub­lished in Egypt’s Al-Wafd news­pa­per (July 21), adding that “They’ve always been part of Egypt­ian cul­tural and social fab­ric”. Other news­pa­pers go even fur­ther in their superla­tives as they invoke promi­nent Egyptian-Jewish fig­ures from the past, such as leg­endary singer Layla Murad (who later con­verted to Islam and was out­spo­ken in her crit­i­cism of Israel),  a fea­ture about whom was recently pub­lished in the country’s Al-Yawm As-Sabi news­pa­per (July 13): “She is the voice of love in her days, in ours and in every day”, says the arti­cle. “She is capa­ble of bestow­ing upon you pos­i­tive energy through which to face life’s futil­ity; capa­ble of mak­ing you sense the beauty of life; and capa­ble of cre­at­ing a new heart between your ribs, one that will know a new mean­ing of love and life.”

Why is there now this renewed inter­est in Egypt’s Jew­ish com­mu­nity of seven decades ago?  An arti­cle pub­lished (July 18) about The Jew­ish Quar­ter TV series in Egypt’s most widely cir­cu­lated daily – Al-Ahram – sug­gests one pos­si­ble answer, which is that it’s not about the Jews in and of them­selves. Dr. Hala Mustafa writes, “Nat­u­rally, this isn’t a his­to­ri­og­ra­phy of Jew­ish pres­ence in Egypt, but rather a demon­stra­tion of one fea­ture of Egypt­ian cul­tural lib­eral legacy. It is char­ac­ter­ized by diver­sity, wealth and plu­ral­ism in their fullest sense and exceeds the imme­di­ate polit­i­cal con­text. Jews were only part of a big­ger sys­tem which embraced cit­i­zens of non-Egyptian ori­gins and for­eign emi­grants, such as Greeks, Ital­ians, Arme­ni­ans, French and oth­ers. This nat­u­rally led to a mix­ture of West­ern and Ori­en­tal cul­tures, even­tu­ally pro­duc­ing a dis­tinct tol­er­ant Egypt­ian culture.”

It seems that in the midst of Egypt’s tremen­dous insta­bil­ity, with the country’s lead­er­ship mov­ing from sec­u­lar to Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and back again to a sec­u­lar regime; fight­ing Islamic ter­ror in Sinai; strug­gling over the country’s very ethos, the Egypt of the 1940’s sim­ply rep­re­sents a more lib­eral and tol­er­ant coun­try that some long for in these times of reli­gious extrem­ism and Islamic polit­i­cal awakening.

Whether this new inter­est will endure, much less trans­lates to a new approach to Jews and the Jew­ish State, remains to be seen.

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