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September 17, 2013 6

Hitler As Pitchman In Saudi Satellite Station Ad Campaign

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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 0

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 0

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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