Series Based on Anti-Semitic 'Protocols' Premieres on Arab Satellite Television
New York, NY, October 28, 2003 … In another incidence of blatantly anti-Semitic programming on an Arab television network, a new dramatic series based on the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," has begun airing this week on Lebanese satellite television, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The program, which according to reports was produced in Syria and may include as many as 26 installments, was timed to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
ADL monitoring has confirmed that the first episode in the series Ash-Shatat ("The Diaspora") aired October 27 on the satellite television network Al Manar, the official station of the terrorist group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon. The series purports to chronicle the history of the early days of Zionism while relying on vicious anti-Semitic stereotypical depictions of Jews, and citing the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" as a primary source. The first episode shows European Jews plotting to infiltrate Western governments to ensure Jewish world domination.
"If there is one thing the world doesn't need now, it is yet another hateful program filled with vicious anti-Semitic stereotypes beamed to a potential audience of millions across the Muslim and Arab world," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We are greatly concerned about this program's potential to foment anti-Semitism at a time when anti-Jewish sentiments are rampant in the Arab world. This program is particularly damaging coming just days after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's anti-Semitic speech, because it reinforces all of the classic anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish lust for power and greed."
The series bears striking similarity to the 41-part anti-Semitic series "Horseman Without a Horse," which aired last year during Ramadan on Egyptian television and was also based on "The Protocols."
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