Arab Media Review: Anti-Semitism and Other Trends|
Posted: June 30, 2004
Anti-Semitism is widespread throughout the Arab and Muslim world, manifested in every segment of society. The following report is a compilation of select anti-Semitic expressions in the Arab and Muslim world in May 2004.
As in recent months, alleged Jewish/Israeli control of U.S. foreign policy, especially with regard to Iraq, and references to Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," with Israel depicted as crucifying Arabs, continued as major themes. Newspapers continued to feature anti-Semitic caricatures and themes that include demonic images of Jews/Israel as animals, conspiracy theories of Jews plotting to control the world, anti-Semitic blood libels and depictions of the stereotypical Jew (big nose, black coat and hat, skull cap etc.) along with Jewish symbols such as the Star of David. Jews and Israelis are compared to Nazis using symbols such as the swastika.
Material in this compilation was translated by ADL from the original Arabic or from English language sources in the Middle East.