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October 24, 2013

Egyptian Conspiracy Reveals The Jews’ Latest Weapon: Pepsi


Okasha’s interpretation of the Pepsi ad in Cairo

The latest conspiracy theory coming out of Egypt suggests that Pepsi is owned by Jews and that the company is somehow being used to infiltrate the country. According to the conspiracy theory, Pepsi is an acronym for “Pay Every Pound for the Security of Israel.”

The absurd conspiracy theory recently surfaced on the Egyptian television talk show, Egypt Today. The program’s host, Tawfik Okasha, who is known for his opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, said:

What is the corporation of Pepsi? It is one of the largest and most important corporations owned by the Jewish Zionists… the Torah of Ezra tells them [the Jews] you can’t enter heaven before you rule Egypt.

Okasha then mentioned a recent Pepsi ad campaign geared toward football fans in the streets of Cairo, saying that the ad is proof that Israel and the Jews are trying to infiltrate Egypt.

Okasha elaborated on this idea yesterday on his Twitter account, where he posted a photo of the Pepsi ad with circles around the jersey numbers of the football players. The numbers, according to Okasha, represent a coded message indicating when the Jews will bring back the Muslim Brotherhood to rule Egypt.

According to Okasha, “The motto of Pepsi corporation is Pay for Israel and its owners are Jews who support the Muslim Brotherhood…anyone who wouldn’t understand the [below] ad is stupid!!”

No conspiracy seems too ludicrous for those who seek to blame Egypt’s problems on the Jews.

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September 12, 2013

9/11 Conspiracy Cited In New Call To Hack Israeli Websites

A video message posted online on September 10th threatened to launch a hacking operation against Israel on 9/11 under the name “OpIsrael Reborn.”Myths Hackers Team for blog

The video, which starts off by calling for the operation against Israel,  shows footage of the World Trade Center attack, Osama bin Laden, the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other scenes from U.S. military operations. The hackers claim that Israel and the U.S. are the real terrorists and imply that Israel was responsible for 9/11, a widely circulated conspiracy theory that has been propagated by left and right-wing extremists in the dozen years since the 2001 attack. Other written statements that appear in the video refer to the 9/11 attacks as a lie and claim that Israel does not exist, “it is Palestine.”

The video was released by an Egypt-based hacker group called “Myths Hackers Team.” Several other international hacking groups called for similar attacks against Israel on 9/11 but based on Israeli media reports thus far, none of these efforts were particularly successful.

In the video, Myths Hackers Team also claimed responsibility for an April hacking operation against Israel.

The group  has an Islamist bent and is sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, as illustrated by various posts on its Facebook page. It claims that it has successfully hacked more than 200 Israeli websites, including the websites of military agencies. One post on the Facebook page reads: “We will not stop, we will not forgive, we will not forget… it’s only the beginning, what is coming is more. We promised to start the war and it will not end until we announce that we are finished.”

The first “OpIs­rael” hacking incident took place dur­ing Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense in Gaza last Novem­ber, when hack­ers tar­geted, and in some cases defaced, var­i­ous Israeli websites. A similar hacking operation timed to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day in April of this year was dubbed “OpIsrael2.”

Past cyber-attacks against Israeli and Jewish institutions have been labeled by some Islamist activists as “electronic jihad.” ADL has previously issued numerous reports about anti-Semitic 9/11-related conspiracy theories, warning that “allegations of Jewish culpability in the 9/11 attacks may even be used as justification for future acts of anti-Semitic violence.”

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June 27, 2013

Accusations of Jewish Affiliation Precede a Lynching in Egypt

Anti-Semitic posters Egypt

A poster in Egypt deriding Shia Muslims as “stooges of the Jews.”

Earlier this week, an angry mob in a small village near Cairo attacked and lynched a group of Shia Muslims, a horrific episode that resulted in the murders of four men. The incident came two weeks after posters were widely displayed in the village accusing Shia of being “stooges of the Jews.”

Members of Al-Nour Party, an Islamist party and a member of Egypt’s governing coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood, reportedly displayed these posters on the walls of the village’s homes. One poster, circulated on Twitter, has the logo of Al-Nour Party on the top right corner of the poster.

The posters included images of outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is perceived as a symbol of the Iranian-led Shia expansion in the Sunni Muslim world, shaking hands with members of Neturei Karta, an extreme anti-Israel group. The photos represent an absurd attempt to demonstrate a “Jewish-Shia’a alliance” that is allegedly plotting to gain control over the Sunni Muslim world.

Two weeks after the posters first appeared, a hostile group of villagers attacked the house of a Shia family who lived in the village. Members of the small Shia community had gathered in the house to attend a religious ceremony led by Hassan Shahata, a prominent Egyptian Shia cleric. Four men were killed during the brutal attack, including Shahata himself.

Graphic images of the violence showed the mob dragging the bodies of the victims through the streets of the village while police officers watched from a distance.

A young daughter of one of the victims who witnessed the assault told a reporter from an Egyptian news agency, “Is this the form of religion they want to implement and they speak about? Even if we were Jews they shouldn’t have done this to us.”

Last week, a large billboard in Tripoli showed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah with a Star of David on his turban and blood dripping from his mouth. The poster, the work of a rival Sunni group, was intended to demonize Nasrallah in the worst possible way: by characterizing him as a Jew. Indeed, linking one’s enemy to Jews is a theme of the rising sectarian tension in the Muslim world. The recent lynching incident is a reminder of the potentially brutal consequences of such accusations.

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