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December 28, 2012 4

Anti-Semitism Right on Your iPod

Inter­ested in lis­ten­ing to an anti-Semitic lec­ture while com­mut­ing to work or going for a run? A vari­ety of anti-Semitic pod­casts by scholars and reli­gious lead­ers in the Arab world are avail­able for down­load through iTunes.

A down­load­able lec­ture by Abu Bakr al-Jaza’iri, a promi­nent scholar and Islamic stud­ies pro­fes­sor who lives in Saudi Ara­bia, accuses Jews of spread­ing athe­ism and cor­rup­tion in the world. The lec­ture, titled “The Role of Jews in Defam­ing the Hijab,” blames Jews for set­ting off a women’s lib­er­a­tion move­ment in Islam and claims that Jews aim to spread the same cor­rup­tion and immoral­ity among Mus­lims that they pre­vi­ously spread to Euro­peans. Al-Jaza’iri says, “They [the Jews] tar­geted Europe. How did they attack it? They founded the Bol­se­vik sec­u­lar athe­ist sect also known as Marx­ist Communism…humanity never knew athe­ism before the Jew­ish gang plot.” He also accuses Jews of caus­ing world wars: “The Sec­ond World War was sparked by the Jews… no world war was started with­out the Jews.”

Another avail­able lec­ture refers to the Tal­mud to advance anti-Semitic the­o­ries about Jews. The lec­ture, by promi­nent Egypt­ian Sheik Muham­mad Has­san, is called “Black Pages From the His­tory of Jews” and describes the Tal­mud as a “filthy sex­u­ally per­verted vul­gar book.” Sheik Has­san also claims that Jews are guilty of “cheat­ing and spread­ing cor­rup­tion on Earth.” The lec­ture orig­i­nally aired on Al Rahma, an Egypt­ian Islamist tele­vi­sion station.

There are also sev­eral down­load­able pod­casts that fea­ture sup­port for ter­ror­ism and calls for vio­lence against Jews. One such lec­ture by Saudi cleric Sheik Khalid al-Rashid, who is cur­rently serv­ing a 15-year prison term because of crit­i­cism of the Saudi gov­ern­ment, glo­ri­fies Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism and tells the story of a Pales­tin­ian sui­cide bomber who attacked “the ene­mies… the Jews, who are the sons of apes and pigs.” The sheik weeps emo­tion­ally as he describes how the sui­cide bomber then ascended to par­adise. The lec­ture is titled “Khaiber Khaiber Ya Yahood,” which refers to an Islamic story of an allegedly vio­lent bat­tle between the prophet Muham­mad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar, which resulted in the sub­ju­ga­tion of the Jews of Arabia.

A sim­i­larly themed lec­ture by promi­nent Saudi cleric Sheik Salih al-Munajjid calls on Mus­lims to attack Jews. The lec­ture, titled “Oh Jews, the Mus­lims are Com­ing,” advo­cates for jihad and explains that “to assas­si­nate Jew­ish lead­ers is a great Sun­nah [Islamic way].”

Hezbol­lah and a Pales­tin­ian media orga­ni­za­tion that claims to be the mouth­piece for Hamas have pre­vi­ously launched smart­phone appli­ca­tions via iTunes. The Hezbol­lah app was removed last July.

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August 14, 2012 2

Blood Libel Broadcast Across Arab World: New Arabic Translation Of Talmud Cited

Holo­caust denial, the blood libel and other vicious anti-Semitism marked last week’s episode of the weekly show Milad air­ing on mul­ti­ple Arab satel­lite channels.

Salman Al-Ouda

Dur­ing the pro­gram, a weekly dis­cus­sion with Dr. Salman al-Ouda, a promi­nent Saudi scholar and the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, al-Ouda pro­moted the Ara­bic lan­guage trans­la­tion of the Baby­lon­ian Tal­mud to sup­port his anti-Semitic diatribe.

In one seg­ment of the episode, al-Ouda said: “The Jews believe that they have the right to kill any­one who doesn’t believe in their reli­gion — it’s stated in the Tal­mud.” He then told a story about a doc­tor who was asked by Jews to pro­vide them with human blood to make pies. That story was fol­lowed by another descrip­tion of Jews abduct­ing chil­dren in Dam­as­cus in order to use their blood dur­ing Easter.

Al-Ouda then showed a copy of the newly released Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Tal­mud pub­lished by the Mid­dle East Stud­ies Cen­ter (MESC), a Jordan-based think tank. “The peo­ple who trans­lated this book must be thanked,” he said. “…they gave us a weapon to con­front our ene­mies, to expose the men­tal­ity of the Jews, to learn how they think and expose their scan­dals. The Jews were very upset with this trans­la­tion and fought against it.”

Salman Al-Ouda shows Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Tal­mud pub­lished by the Mid­dle East Stud­ies Center

When asked by the show’s co-host if the Jews’ evil char­ac­ter­is­tics are acquired or inher­ent, Al-Ouda responded, “World­wide, you might find some Jews who live in open soci­eties away from the influ­ence of other Jews or away from the bond with their reli­gion and race. They turn into athe­ist Jews like Nor­man [Finkel­stein], who is an athe­ist, or some even become com­mu­nists, or social­ists. They become ordi­nary peo­ple, away from the influ­ence of [their] religion.”

Al-Ouda described Finkel­stein, an anti-Israel aca­d­e­mic whose career has been marked by a vit­ri­olic hatred of Zion­ism and Israel, as “Jew­ish yet coura­geous.” Al-Ouda also min­i­mized the num­ber of Jews killed dur­ing the Holocaust.

Milad airs on Qatar Tele­vi­sion, Libya Tele­vi­sion, and Saudi chan­nels includ­ing 4Shabab, Rotana and Al-Risala, among oth­ers. Ear­lier this month, ADL expressed con­cern that anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries and anti-Israel plot lines have dom­i­nated var­i­ous shows air­ing dur­ing Ramadan on satel­lite sta­tions with wide view­er­ship across the Mid­dle East.

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May 21, 2012 6

New Arabic Translation of Talmud Promotes Anti-Semitic Narratives

Update: The Anti-Defamation League pub­licly crit­i­cized the trans­la­tion and called on the Hashemite King­dom of Jor­dan to take steps to cor­rect the mis­lead­ing anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives in the intro­duc­tion to the Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Talmud.

A newly released Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Tal­mud – the first of its kind – con­tains an intro­duc­tion that seeks to revive age-old anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies about the Tal­mud, includ­ing the accu­sa­tion that the ancient text reveals the racist char­ac­ter of the Jew­ish peo­ple. The intro­duc­tion also attempts to paint Israel as the modern-day embod­i­ment of the alleged racist ide­olo­gies found in the Tal­mud.

The trans­la­tion, which was pub­lished by the Mid­dle East Stud­ies Cen­ter (MESC), a Jordan-based think tank, specif­i­cally cou­ples anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives with anti-Israel pro­pa­ganda: “The dis­crim­i­na­tion which Arabs in Israel face is an exten­sion of the racist spirit included in many Tal­mud texts and explanations.”

In an effort to claim that the Tal­mud is an inher­ently racist text, the intro­duc­tion repeat­edly seeks to exploit and take out of con­text cer­tain pas­sages in the Tal­mud, includ­ing decep­tively refer­ring to injunc­tions that seem to “prove” that Jews regard non-Jews as infe­rior. The intro­duc­tion, for exam­ple, notes,
 
“These texts con­firm the racist and hos­tile per­cep­tion toward the non-Jews, espe­cially those who threaten the ‘cho­sen nation’ and stand in the way of its ambi­tions and hopes. There is no doubt that Israel is the best exam­ple of this racist posi­tion, both in the level of its daily crimes against the Pales­tini­ans and the level of its rejec­tion and con­tempt for inter­na­tional res­o­lu­tions and laws. For what applies to other coun­tries in the world does not apply to con­tem­po­rary Israel, as it is unique…Jews, accord­ing to this racist posi­tion [of the Tal­mud], are per­mit­ted to do what is not per­mit­ted for non-Jews.”
 
Else­where in the intro­duc­tion, the reader is informed that the Tal­mud claims that non-Jews are inhu­man, may be tricked or cheated, that it is per­mis­si­ble to kill them, and so on.
 
The con­clu­sion of the intro­duc­tion neatly merges the pub­lish­ers’ anti-Semitic and anti-Israel pro­cliv­i­ties:  “The Tal­mu­dic her­itage has a sig­nif­i­cant impact on the for­mu­la­tion of Jew­ish iden­tity based on holy [prin­ci­ples of] racial isolation…It [the Tal­mud] also estab­lished the extreme posi­tions that advo­cate hatred toward non-Jews, the vio­la­tion of their rights and loot­ing of their lands and prop­erty.” The pub­lisher then refers to the Zion­ist movement’s alleged “crimes” against the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple as an exam­ple of the Talmud’s val­i­da­tion of racist policies.
 
MESC, estab­lished in 1991, is a Jordan-based polit­i­cal think tank that focuses on the Mid­dle East and North Africa. The Cen­ter has a spe­cial unit on Israeli affairs, which mon­i­tors Israel, Zion­ist orga­ni­za­tions and Hebrew-language media. MESC is highly crit­i­cal of Israel, and orga­nized a con­fer­ence last year on the Pales­tin­ian uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion efforts to which they invited senior Mus­lim Broth­er­hood lead­ers as well as Hamas officials.
Al-Jazeera has specif­i­cally pro­moted this book as a con­tri­bu­tion to the “estab­lish­ment of Ara­bic lan­guage Jew­ish stud­ies” as well as claim­ing that the trans­la­tion “iden­ti­fies the fea­tures of the Jew­ish char­ac­ter that blend ele­ments of racial supe­ri­or­ity with Mosaic teachings.”

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