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August 21, 2012 4

Free Palestine! End ZioNazi Apartheid!”: A Snapshot of Al Quds Day 2012

Al Quds Day is com­mem­o­rated annu­ally with mass ral­lies and speeches on the last Fri­day of Ramadan. It has tra­di­tion­ally been marked by hos­tile rhetoric towards the state of Israel, includ­ing bla­tant anti-Semitism.

Al Quds Day Protest in LA

This year, for exam­ple, Iran­ian pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad described Israel as an “insult to all of humankind” and called for Israel’s destruc­tion. Secretary-General of Hezbol­lah Has­san Nas­ral­lah sim­i­larly threat­ened that Hezbol­lah has the power to “trans­form the lives of mil­lions of Zion­ists in Israel to a real hell.”

While the largest Al Quds Day events gen­er­ally take place in the Mid­dle East, protests are also held in cities across the United States. The protests, which took place last Fri­day in a dozen U.S. cities, were rife with extreme lan­guage, includ­ing signs that com­pared Israel’s treat­ment of the Pales­tini­ans to the Holocaust.

In New York, L.A. and Hous­ton, large ban­ners read­ing “Stop Pales­tin­ian Geno­cide” were on dis­play, as well as other signs that read, “Israel is a Can­cer,” “Down with Zion­ism,” Holo­caust in Pales­tine” and “Gaza=Auschwitz.” A woman in New York held a sign that said, “Free Pales­tine! End ZioN­azi Apartheid! No $$ to ‘Israel!’ Boy­cott ‘Israel’.”

Speak­ers at sev­eral ral­lies also used fanat­i­cal rhetoric to denounce Israel. Rabbi Dovid Feld­man of Neturei Karta called for the “dis­man­tle­ment of the entire State of Israel” dur­ing an address at the Los Ange­les protest. Another Neturei Karta speaker, this one at the New York rally held in Times Square, led the audi­ence in chants of “Judaism, Yes, Zion­ism, No, the State of Israel must go” and “From the River to the Sea, Pales­tine will be free.” In a media inter­view, an orga­nizer of the Hous­ton protest pledged to con­tinue to “com­mem­o­rate” Al Quds Day, say­ing, “This demand for jus­tice will take place every year until Pales­tine will be free from Zion­ist hands!”

NYC Al Quds Day Flyer

A sec­ond speaker at the event in New York, ANSWER activist Sara Floun­ders, expressed implicit sup­port for Hezbol­lah when she addressed the crowd, say­ing “We stand with the resis­tance in Lebanon today.” Floun­ders, who also declared sol­i­dar­ity with the regimes in Iran and Syria, has pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in con­fer­ences in Beirut attended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Hamas and Hezbol­lah. At one such con­fer­ence in Jan­u­ary 2009, Floun­ders said, “We need to mil­i­tantly sup­port Hamas…We need to make it clear that we sup­port the right to resist, the right to fire rockets.”

Many of the protests also fea­tured imagery and mes­sag­ing designed to fur­ther fan the flames of the con­flict and paint Israel as a vio­lent oppres­sor. At the rally in Los Ange­les, for exam­ple, sev­eral chil­dren held signs that read, “Israel is killing chil­dren like me.”

The Iranian-owned tele­vi­sion sta­tion Press TV reported on the Al Quds Day protest that took place in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and inter­viewed one of the speak­ers at the event. The speaker, Imam Abdul Alim Musa (an anti-Semitic extrem­ist who founded the Sabiqun move­ment) called for Israel’s defeat and described Gaza as the “biggest open-air prison.”

Al Quds Day, which refers to the Ara­bic term for Jerusalem, was ini­ti­ated in 1979 in Iran by Aya­tol­lah Khomeini.

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August 17, 2012 1

Iranian Leaders Call For Israel’s Annihilation In Anticipation Of Jerusalem Day

At a time of height­ened inter­na­tional ten­sions over Iran’s nuclear pro­gram, Iran­ian lead­ers have been using the occa­sion of  annual Jerusalem Day demon­stra­tions, tak­ing place today in cities around the world, to amplify their threats against the Jew­ish state.

  • Speaker of par­lia­ment Ali Lar­i­jani opened Thursday’s par­lia­men­tary ses­sion declar­ing, “God will­ing, this move­ment of the Mus­lims toward the goal of end­ing and remov­ing this can­cer­ous tumor called Israel will be accomplished.”

    Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei

  • Another call to anni­hi­late Israel, made by Iran’s high­est author­ity fig­ure dur­ing a speech on Wednes­day evening, was broad­cast on state tele­vi­sion. Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, the final deci­sion maker on all of Iran’s poli­cies, said, “The ille­git­i­mate Zion­ist state will def­i­nitely be erad­i­cated from the face of the world.”
  • In an August 1 meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Islamic coun­tries in Tehran, Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad stated that “Jerusalem Day is the only way to lib­er­ate Pales­tine.” He then added, “It has now been some 400 years that a hor­ren­dous Zion­ist clan has been rul­ing over major world affairs; [they] are behind the scenes in the major power cir­cles, in polit­i­cal, media, finan­cial, and bank­ing orga­ni­za­tions in the world…”

Such anti-Israel state­ments from top level Iran­ian offi­cials usu­ally inten­sify in the days before Jerusalem Day, a day of protest first started in 1979 by Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini against Israel. The day is held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan and is observed through­out the Mus­lim world.

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August 1, 2012 3

Anti-Semitism Pervasive in Ramadan Television Programs

Dur­ing Ramadan, the Mus­lim holy month observed by fast­ing and prayer, many satel­lite chan­nels in the Arab world broad­cast spe­cial pro­grams for the occa­sion that are rife with anti-Semitism and harsh anti-Israel expres­sions. These series are gen­er­ally very pop­u­lar and receive broader view­er­ship than pro­grams aired through­out the rest of the year.

Here are some exam­ples taken from the more pop­u­lar shows that have aired since the start of Ramadan this year:

Firqat Naji Attalah

The bank rob­bers dis­guise them­selves by dress­ing as Hasidic Jews.

This nightly series is widely aired through­out the Mid­dle East and depicts Israelis in clas­sic anti-Semitic fash­ion. A Mid­dle East broad­cast net­work, MBC, pro­moted the show say­ing it will “sur­prise the audi­ence with the sweet­est jokes about the ‘cheap Jew.’”

The show revolves around the char­ac­ter of Naji Atta­lah, a diplo­mat work­ing in the Egypt­ian embassy in Tel Aviv who decides to take revenge on Israel by rob­bing an Israeli bank. A scene in the first episode por­trayed an Israeli bank man­ager speak­ing Ara­bic with an Iraqi-Jewish accent. He offers Naji Atta­lah a cup of cof­fee that con­tains lit­tle cof­fee and no sugar. He then attempts to cheat Atta­lah while count­ing his money, an attempt to por­tray an image of the fru­gal and cheat­ing Jew.

The staff at the Egypt­ian embassy is por­trayed as unhappy about deal­ing with Jews. While they rec­og­nize that they are required to deal with Israelis as part of their job, they are por­trayed as being hate­ful towards them.  In one scene, a dri­ver for the Egypt­ian embassy exclaims, “When Hamas or Hezbol­lah launch a mis­sile on them [Israelis], one’s heart jumps out of joy.”

The main char­ac­ter is played by famous Egypt­ian actor Adil Imam, whose per­for­mance has been hailed as an amus­ing mock­ery of Jews’ alleged frugality.

Ashab il-Sabt

This bi-weekly show is aired by Ar-Rahma, a Salafist chan­nel based in Egypt that fea­tures an anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor at Tanta Uni­ver­sity in Egypt. The pro­fes­sor, Dr. Mohammed Jalal Idris, allegedly a spe­cial­ist in Hebrew lit­er­a­ture, uses the show as a podium to prop­a­gate the con­spir­acy the­o­ries espoused in the “Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion” and other hate­ful the­o­ries about Judaism.

The pro­gram fea­tures live call-ins from view­ers who ask Idris about Jews and Judaism. In one instance Idris was asked if he knows of a Jew­ish plan to con­trol the Mus­lim holy city of Mad­ina. He responded that Israel has sub­mit­ted a request to Saudi Ara­bia for com­pen­sa­tions worth mil­lions of dol­lars on behalf of the Jews who lived in Mad­ina 1400 years ago. Idris then added, “Egypt should request com­pen­sa­tions from Israel for the gold the Jews stole from Egypt,” refer­ring to the Exo­dus story in the Bible.

Il Hukm Ba’d il Muzawla

This Can­did Camera-style show, which airs on the Egypt-based An–Nahar TV, pro­vokes irra­tional and bla­tantly anti-Semitic reac­tions from its guests. In one episode, for exam­ple, a pop­u­lar Egypt­ian pub­lic fig­ure was informed that he was being inter­viewed by a French chan­nel. The inter­viewer pre­tended that she was an under­cover Israeli, grad­u­ally slip­ping into an Israeli accent and ask­ing polit­i­cal ques­tions related to Israel. The inter­vie­wee became con­vinced that he had been set up and attacked the pro­ducer, shout­ing “son of a dirty Jew­ish mother.” Other guests also have bru­tally beaten the staff when led to believe they were Jews.

Al-Ghalibun

The Hezbol­lah TV chan­nel, al Manar, is broad­cast­ing a new sea­son of last year’s suc­cess­ful series – “The Vic­to­ri­ous.” The series tells the story of the Israeli inva­sion of South Lebanon and the suf­fer­ing of the Lebanese peo­ple. The nar­ra­tive is extremely anti-Israel and reg­u­larly por­trays Israeli com­man­ders as con­spir­ing against the Lebanese lead­er­ship and peo­ple. In one of the scenes, an Israeli com­man­der says to his col­league: “This is the hap­pi­est day — as we ‘fin­ished’ with our ene­mies in Sabra and Shatila.”

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