Anti-Semitism in the Egyptian Media February 2001 - February 2002
Anti-Semitism continues to thrive in the Egyptian media. Derogatory statements and harsh accusations against Jews in the Egyptian media have persevered through bad and good times - periods of tension and periods of calm in the over 20 years since the 1979 declaration of peace between Israel and Egypt. Comparisons of Israel with the Nazis, denial of the Holocaust and traditional libels are common manifestations of anti-Semitism in the Egyptian media. It is ironic that while the Egyptian media frequently engages in denial of the Holocaust, it continues to demonstrate the "evil" of the Israeli government by comparing Israel and Israeli leadership to the Nazis. While anti-Semitic articles can be found in opposition newspapers, many are printed in the government backed press, including the largest Egyptian dailies, Al-Ahram, Al-Akhbar and Al-Gumhuriya.
"We have raised the issue of Anti-Semitism in the Egyptian media with President Mubarak on many occasions, and he responds with the argument that Egypt is a democratic society and that the government cannot dictate the views of editors and writers and producers. There is a basic fallacy in that logic, because leaders in a free society have a responsibility to speak out against anti-Semitism. President Mubarak must condemn anti-Semitism in his society. His silence implies acceptance."