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April 1, 2014 6

Anti-Semitic Television Series Khaiber Wins Golden Award

Update — April 7, 2014: Khaiber also won the Golden award at Cairo’s Arab Drama Fes­ti­val on April 6. More than 60 TV shows were fea­tured in the festival.

The anti-Semitic tele­vi­sion series Khaiber, which dra­ma­tized the sub­ju­ga­tion of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th cen­tury, was rec­og­nized with a “Golden Award” at the 13th annual Gulf Radio and Tele­vi­sion Fes­ti­val hosted in Bahrain last week.khaiber-khaybar-golden-award-bahrain

Dr. Samira Ebrahim Bin Rajab, Bahrain’s Min­is­ter of State for Media Affairs, pre­sented the first place award to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Echo Media Qatar, the com­pany that pro­duced Khaiber. The award was for best show pro­duced by a pri­vate pro­duc­tion company.

315 films, tele­vi­sion and radio pro­grams pro­duced in the Arab states of the Per­sian Gulf were sub­mit­ted to the fes­ti­val. The slo­gan for this year’s fes­ti­val was “Youth are the future of our media.” The fes­ti­val is orga­nized annu­ally by the Per­sian Gulf Arab states to pro­mote media coop­er­a­tion and collaboration.

ADL first raised con­cern about Khaiber and its anti-Jewish themes in Feb­ru­ary 2013, imme­di­ately after reports from Qatar revealed the inten­tion of Echo Media to pro­duce the series and con­tract Yusri Al-Jindy to write the script for the series. Al-Jindy is known for his his­tory of anti-Semitic writ­ings. The show, which aired on sev­eral Arab tele­vi­sion sta­tions last sum­mer, con­firmed ADL’s con­cern by pro­mot­ing var­i­ous anti-Semitic themes.

By award­ing one of the more high pro­file anti-Semitic pro­duc­tions last year, the fes­ti­val and its hosts are send­ing a mes­sage that hatred is not only accept­able, but also wor­thy of recognition.

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