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April 1, 2014 6

Anti-Semitic Television Series Khaiber Wins Golden Award

Update — April 7, 2014: Khaiber also won the Golden award at Cairo’s Arab Drama Fes­ti­val on April 6. More than 60 TV shows were fea­tured in the festival.

The anti-Semitic tele­vi­sion series Khaiber, which dra­ma­tized the sub­ju­ga­tion of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th cen­tury, was rec­og­nized with a “Golden Award” at the 13th annual Gulf Radio and Tele­vi­sion Fes­ti­val hosted in Bahrain last week.khaiber-khaybar-golden-award-bahrain

Dr. Samira Ebrahim Bin Rajab, Bahrain’s Min­is­ter of State for Media Affairs, pre­sented the first place award to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Echo Media Qatar, the com­pany that pro­duced Khaiber. The award was for best show pro­duced by a pri­vate pro­duc­tion company.

315 films, tele­vi­sion and radio pro­grams pro­duced in the Arab states of the Per­sian Gulf were sub­mit­ted to the fes­ti­val. The slo­gan for this year’s fes­ti­val was “Youth are the future of our media.” The fes­ti­val is orga­nized annu­ally by the Per­sian Gulf Arab states to pro­mote media coop­er­a­tion and collaboration.

ADL first raised con­cern about Khaiber and its anti-Jewish themes in Feb­ru­ary 2013, imme­di­ately after reports from Qatar revealed the inten­tion of Echo Media to pro­duce the series and con­tract Yusri Al-Jindy to write the script for the series. Al-Jindy is known for his his­tory of anti-Semitic writ­ings. The show, which aired on sev­eral Arab tele­vi­sion sta­tions last sum­mer, con­firmed ADL’s con­cern by pro­mot­ing var­i­ous anti-Semitic themes.

By award­ing one of the more high pro­file anti-Semitic pro­duc­tions last year, the fes­ti­val and its hosts are send­ing a mes­sage that hatred is not only accept­able, but also wor­thy of recognition.

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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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