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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 18, 2013 6

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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February 27, 2013 0

“Khaiber” Writer: Now Is The Time to Expose The Jews

An inter­view with Yusri Al-Jindy, the writer of “Khaiber,” an upcom­ing tele­vi­sion series com­mem­o­rat­ing the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia, reveals both the anti-Semitic and polit­i­cal agenda behind the production.

In an inter­view with Al-Masry Al-Youm, an Egypt-based daily news­pa­per, on Jan­u­ary 16, Al-Jindy said, “The goal of the series is to expose the naked truth about the Jews and stress that they can­not be trusted.”

Com­ment­ing on the recent changes in the region, Al-Jindy described the impor­tance of rec­og­niz­ing the par­al­lels between “the era of the Khaiber bat­tle” and “con­tem­po­rary times.”

Al-Jindy also seemed to sug­gest that the series will have a global effect. “I think it is time to expose them [the Jews] even in Amer­ica itself. I am con­fi­dent that the United States will real­ize that it paid a high price for sup­port­ing them.”

Pre­dict­ing that he will be accused of anti-Semitism after the series airs, Al-Jindy added, “The charge of anti-Semitism is an out­dated trend, and in fact it is a lie that Jews use against any­one who tries to expose their naked truth and their conspiracies.”

“They have already accused me of anti-Semitism when I pre­sented The Wan­der­ing Jew,” Al-Jindy added. “There­fore, I don’t care for the accu­sa­tion.” Al-Jindy’s play, The Wan­der­ing Jew about the 1967 war, was banned in Egypt in the 1980s. 

Var­i­ous Arab media has reported the names of Syr­ian and Egypt­ian actors selected to for the series, which is set to start film­ing next month. Media reports also indi­cate that the show will be mar­keted to Turkey, Spain, France, Malaysia and var­i­ous Arab countries.

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