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May 11, 2012 0

California Arabic Newspaper Says Israel Abuses Memory of Holocaust

The April 27 issue of Watan, an Ana­heim, California-based Arabic-language news­pa­per, fea­tured an arti­cle accus­ing Israel of inten­tion­ally using the mem­ory and his­tory of the Holo­caust to mask Israeli crimes com­mit­ted against the Pales­tin­ian people.

The arti­cle, “The ‘Holo­caust’ Indus­try,” asks, “How could crimes against a group become a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for that same group to com­mit crimes against another group?” Sim­i­larly, the arti­cle accuses “the Zion­ist entity” of com­mit­ting the heinous crimes against the Pales­tini­ans all “in the shad­ows of cel­e­brat­ing the mem­ory of the Holo­caust through the last century.”

The Watan arti­cle also pro­motes the con­spir­a­to­r­ial view that Israel’s pur­pose in pre­serv­ing the mem­ory of the Holo­caust is to be able to use it as a tool “against politi­cians, intel­lec­tu­als and oth­ers who dare to whis­per oppo­si­tion to Israeli poli­cies,” a charge that has fre­quently been used by anti-Israel schol­ars, activists and orga­ni­za­tions to stave off accu­sa­tions of anti-Semitism.

Watan, which claims to have a cir­cu­la­tion in Cal­i­for­nia of 30,000, con­sis­tently prints anti-Semitic edi­to­ri­als and car­toons. The car­toons, orig­i­nally pub­lished in the Arab press, have been inter­na­tion­ally syndicated.

Another California-based com­mu­nity news­pa­per, Al Akhbar, pub­lished an arti­cle in March fea­tur­ing anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives and com­par­isons of Israeli poli­cies to Nazi ideology.

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March 14, 2012 0

Los Angeles Community Newspaper Publishes Classic Anti-Semitism

Al Akhbar, a Los Angeles-based dual lan­guage com­mu­nity news­pa­per, pub­lished an arti­cle this month that employs anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives in its oppo­si­tion to Israel and Zion­ism, which it claims is inspired by Nazi prin­ci­ples.
Yousif Hadad’s arti­cle in Al Akhbar

The arti­cle, titled “The Democ­racy of the State or its Jew­ish­ness,” is writ­ten by Yousif Hadad, a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to the paper. The State of Israel “is an iden­ti­cal con­cept to the Nazi Aryan con­cept,” Hadad writes. “It’s our right to ques­tion why nations hate Jews and no one else but them. Isn’t it because of their racism, stoni­ness and dis­loy­alty to the coun­tries which they live in?”  

“It’s the entrenched hatred in their souls that dri­ves their delu­sions that oth­ers hate them,” Hadad adds.

Hadad, who claims in the arti­cle that “Zion­ists invented ‘Anti-Semitism’” as a tool to use against any­one who crit­i­cizes “Israel’s racist and oppres­sive poli­cies,” also denies that “West­ern, Ashke­nazi, Cau­casian Jews who founded the Zion­ist Move­ment are Semites…in real­ity they have no con­nec­tion to the Semitic race. Arabs are the Semites.
Al Akhbar has pre­vi­ously pub­lished other arti­cles by Hadad, who received an award in 2009 from the Jor­dan­ian Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion for defend­ing the Pales­tin­ian cause in his writ­ing, accord­ing to the Asso­ci­a­tion web­site.

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