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September 17, 2013

Hitler As Pitchman In Saudi Satellite Station Ad Campaign


Screenshot of MBC ad

Update – 9/23/13: According to an article published on the Arabian Business website, a spokesperson for MBC said that the ad has been removed.

The Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), a Saudi-owned company based in Dubai that operates several satellite television stations, is using Hitler and Nazi imagery in its latest advertisement campaign. The use of such imagery con­tributes to the triv­i­al­iza­tion of and desen­si­ti­za­tion to the unpar­al­leled hor­rors of the Holocaust.

The ad, airing on various MBC stations, uses clips from the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds where Hitler is speaking to other Nazis in room. The Arabic subtitles added by MBC Action to the clip focus on the station’s new programming during the month of September. “Look into the achievements of MBC Action,” the subtitles read. “They will control the entire region. They are preparing for a campaign called “September to Remember.”

The ad is yet another exam­ple of how offensive Hitler and Nazi imagery occasionally appears in adver­tis­ing around the world.

In March 2012, film footage of Adolf Hitler was used in a Turk­ish com­mer­cial for men’s sham­poo. The ad for Bio­men, which appeared on Turk­ish tele­vi­sion, fea­tured a video of Hitler angrily ges­tic­u­lat­ing, with a Turk­ish voiceover call­ing on men to pur­chase the shampoo. The Hitler shampoo ads were pulled after public and government pressure on the advertiser in Turkey.

Earlier in 2012, pho­tos of a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp were used in a pro­mo­tional cam­paign for a Dubai gym, includ­ing an image of the rail­road lead­ing to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the slo­gan, “Kiss your calo­ries good­bye.” After receiv­ing com­plaints, the founder of The Cir­cuit Fac­tory gym in Dubai, Phil Parkin­son, apol­o­gized and removed the photo.

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September 16, 2013

Saudi Newspaper Claims September 11 Attacks Manufactured By Zionists

On the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks last week, a Saudi newspaper published an editorial describing the operation as part of a “Jewish plan to destroy the world.”9-11-al-riyadh-conspiracy

The article, published in Al-Riyadh and titled “A calm discussion of September 11,” suggests the attack “was employed for the best interest of Israel to terminate the Palestinian case and to impose the idea of the Jewish state.”

The article was written by Rakan Al Majali, former Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications in Jordan, for Al-Riyadh, a popular Saudi daily newspaper.

Suggesting that the U.S. government is controlled by a Zionist lobby, the article further asserts, “The gang of the Zionist right wing conservatives which control American decisions used this incident to achieve its ambition in using the American military power to control the world starting with our region.”

Al Majali, who views 9/11 to be the reason behind all the current conflicts in the Middle East, concludes:

In summary, the terrorist crime on September 11 was… a result of the planning and execution of the shrewdest ones of the right-wing conservatives headed by [Dick] Cheney and [Donald] Rumsfeld. They were backed by a hateful racist Zionist malice which found an opportunity to attack our [Arab] nation… to mark a beginning of the Jewish plan to destroy the world.

In the 12 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, conspiracy theories surrounding the attacks have become an entrenched propaganda industry. This article demonstrates the continuing evolution of these conspiratorial narratives in a country where 15 of the hijackers came from.

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October 22, 2012

Arab Editorial Cartoons Say Obama And Romney Controlled By Jews

As the U.S. Presidential campaign moves into its final frenetic weeks, political cartoonists across the Arab and Muslim world have made clear that they see little to differentiate President Obama from Governor Romney, nor Republican from Democrat.  In their view, the candidates and the entire U.S. political system are indistinguishable in their subservience to Jews and Israel. 

Al-Watan, September 10, 2012 (Saudi Arabia).

In expressing their distorted views on the 2012 campaign, the cartoonists from across the Middle East frequently feature candidates Obama and Romney kissing the hand or foot of the “Jewish lobby” or Israeli leaders.  Other cartoons depict Jews/Israeli’s controlling the U.S. ballot boxes.  While many of the featured cartoons include classic anti-Semitic imagery and stereotypes, others exhibit a more nuanced, yet still defamatory, portrayal of Jewish control over the upcoming US presidential election.

The 2008 campaign featured similarly themed caricatures, but many focused exclusively on then-candidate Barack Obama as enslaved by/in the pocket of Jews and Israel. 

The allegation that Jews manipulate and control governments has been around for centuries.   The canard is a centerpiece of anti-Semitic literature from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to Hitler’s Mein Kampf to the Hamas Charter.  Modern iterations of this charge abound among extremists and hate-mongers, but nowhere as prominently, or in mainstream acceptance as in the Middle East, where “Jewish power” is the reason commonly relied upon to explain U.S. support for Israel.  On a daily basis, the editorial cartoons which ADL compiles from media outlets across the region feature stereotypical Jewish figures (sometimes depicted as Israel or Israeli leaders) as puppet masters of the region, the international community, and most particularly, the United States. 

The message on these caricatures are clear: when it comes to the U.S. election, the party or the candidate doesn’t matter.  Jews control the candidates and the process.  Jews and Israel determine the outcome of the election and will determine the policy set by whoever wins on November 6.

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