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April 5, 2012 Off

Egyptian Television Re-Airs Anti-Semitic Miniseries “Horseman Without A Horse”

The anti-Semitic minis­eries Horse­man With­out A Horse, is back on Egypt­ian tele­vi­sion. The 41-part series, which first appeared on Egypt­ian state tele­vi­sion and other net­works across the Mid­dle East dur­ing Ramadan in 2002, is sched­uled to be broad­cast on Al-Tahrir TV.

Al-Tahrir TV, estab­lished after the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion, claims to be an inde­pen­dent voice of the “new Egypt” that sup­ports “Tahrir Square’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary youth and their principles.”

The series fea­tures the vir­u­lently anti-Semitic forgery “Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” which has been used through the last cen­tury as an excuse to scape­goat and per­se­cute Jews, as a major plot device.

The pro­gram, replete with gross anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions and depic­tions, tells the story of schem­ing Jews, who in a bid to dom­i­nate Israel, the Mid­dle East and the world, make efforts to hide the exis­tence of the “book” [The Pro­to­cols], which would reveal their conspiracy.

Fol­low­ing the orig­i­nal broad­cast of the minis­eries, gov­ern­ments around the world spoke out to con­demn it. While the Egypt­ian gov­ern­ment did not offi­cially com­ment on the pro­gram, its broad­cast did pro­voke a dis­cus­sion in the Egypt­ian media on the line between anti-Semitism and crit­i­cism of Israel. Most notably, Osama El-Baz, a top polit­i­cal advi­sor to then-President Hosni Mubarak, con­demned Egypt­ian anti-Semitism and Holo­caust denial (while still vehe­mently crit­i­ciz­ing Israel) in a series of arti­cles in Egypt’s lead­ing news­pa­per Al-Ahram.

Will gov­ern­ment, polit­i­cal, reli­gious and social lead­ers in post-revolutionary Egypt stand up and con­demn the age-old demo­niza­tion of Jews now appear­ing on Al-Tahrir TV?

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