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January 8, 2014 1

U.S. Based Islamist TV Station Disseminates Anti-Semitism

Ahl-e-Bait TV, a San Diego-based Islamist satel­lite sta­tion fix­ated on attack­ing main­stream Sunni Islam, has been pro­mot­ing con­spir­a­cies that include anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions of a Sunni-Jewish alliance.hassan-allahyari

Ahl-e-Bait TV, the only satel­lite sta­tion of its kind based in the U.S., is avail­able through mul­ti­ple satel­lite providers around the world. The sta­tion, report­edly founded in 2009, has seen its pop­u­lar­ity grow in the Arab and Mus­lim world as a result of its provoca­tive mes­sages, which can be accessed through mul­ti­ple online plat­forms as well.

The bulk of the station’s broad­cast fea­tures live dis­cus­sions between callers from the Mus­lim and Arab world and the California-based Sheik Has­san Allah­yari, a Shi’a cleric orig­i­nally from Afghanistan whose reli­gious views and pub­lic crit­i­cism of promi­nent Mus­lim fig­ures has increased his pro­file in the Mus­lim world in recent years.

In an episode that was posted online on Decem­ber 13, 2013, Allah­yari accused one of the most revered Sunni fig­ures, the sec­ond Mus­lim Caliph, Umar ibn Al-Khattab, of sup­port­ing Jews. Allah­yari said, “This man [Umar ibn Al-Khattab] deeply loves the Jew­ish nar­ra­tives and the satir­i­cal reli­gious sto­ries and hereti­cal lies which Jews claim about sev­eral of God’s prophets, such as Joseph, Lot and Abra­ham.” Allah­yari also sug­gested that ibn Al-Khattab loves “the fal­si­fied Torah” and that he was mar­ried to a Jew­ish genie.  

In a live dis­cus­sion in Novem­ber with a caller from Alge­ria about ibn Al-Khattab’s deci­sion to allow Jews to remain in their homes fol­low­ing the Mus­lim con­quest of Jerusalem, Allah­yari accused ibn Al-Khattab of “serv­ing the Jews by let­ting them live in Pales­tine.” Allah­yari added that Umar ibn Al-Khattab pre­ceded con­tem­po­rary Israeli lead­ers in the effort to estab­lish a Jew­ish pres­ence in Palestine.

Although the station’s pri­mary tar­get is gen­er­ally Sunni Mus­lims, Ahl-e-Bait TV has also attacked Chris­tians, Jews and other Shi’a Mus­lims in the past who dis­agree with their views. In a March 9, 2012 broad­cast, for exam­ple Allah­yari ridiculed an Iran­ian Chris­t­ian caller for believ­ing in the trin­ity. Allah­yari con­cluded his con­ver­sa­tion with the caller by telling him, “If you had any intel­li­gence, you wouldn’t be a Christian.”Allahyari has also attacked con­tem­po­rary Sunni states for seek­ing sup­port from Chris­tians and Jews in their con­flicts, claim­ing that Saudi Ara­bia forged alliances with Jews and Amer­ica against Sad­dam Hus­sein dur­ing the 1991 Gulf War. 

In recent years, the Sunni-Shi’a schism in the Mus­lim world has sparked anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions, with each side accus­ing the other of affil­i­at­ing with Jews.

Ahl-e-Bait TV describes its goal as to “expose the ene­mies of the Prophet and his fam­ily (p) with­out pan­der­ing to any­one…” and “to show the true Islam which has been hid­den from the com­mon people.”

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