Anti-Semitism continues to thrive in the Egyptian media. Derogatory images and harsh
accusations against Jews and Judaism have persevered through bad and good times -- wars
with Israel, periods of tension and even the 1979 declaration of peace between the two
Anti-Semitic stereotypes continue to be prevalent in cartoons, caricatures, opinion
columns, and other media, where Jews are often depicted as dirty, hook-nosed, money-hungry
world dominators. Comparisons of Israel (both Likud and Labor governments) with the Nazis,
denial of the Holocaust and traditional libels are also common. While some such pieces can
be found in opposition newspapers, many are printed in the government-backed press,
including the largest Egyptian daily, Al-Ahram, Al-Goumhuriyya and the popular magazine
Over the years, much attention has been paid to the trend of anti-Semitism in the
Egyptian media. Particularly following the 1996 election of Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, there was a marked increase in anti-Semitic attacks. It appears that
efforts to raise this problem with Egyptian officials and other influentials have made an
impact, as more recent research demonstrates that the quantity of anti-Semitic
manifestations in the Egyptian press has decreased.
However, the "quality" or severity of such attacks has become even greater.
For example, while fewer cartoons depicting Jews as money-hungry may appear, intellectual
articles with harder-hitting anti-Semitic accusations seem to be becoming more common. The
latest trend has been the publication of articles promoting historical revisionism and
This report contains recent examples of such troubling anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism in the Egyptian media.
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