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Anti-Semitism in the Arab/Muslim World

Arab Media Review: Anti-Semitism and Other Trends January - February 2005


Posted: March 25, 2005

Introduction Bahrain Egypt
Iran Jordan Kuwait
Lebanon Oman Qatar
Saudi Arabia Syria United Arab Emirates
Index of Arab Newspapers


Anti-Semitism is widespread throughout the Arab and Muslim world, manifested in many segments of society. The following report is a compilation of selected anti-Semitic expressions in cartoons and newspaper articles from the Arab and Muslim world from January to February 2005.

Upon the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in January, many newspapers ran cartoons and columns that denied or downplayed the horrors of the Holocaust.  Additionally, many newspaper articles accused Jews of using the Holocaust to justify the persecution of others.  While these claims are not new, the events surrounding the anniversary were greeted with a substantial increase in this type of rhetoric.


As in recent months, newspapers continued to feature anti-Semitic caricatures and themes that include conspiracy theories of Jews plotting to control U.S. foreign policy and dominate the world, demonic images of Jews/Israelis, 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.

Material in this compilation was translated by ADL from the original Arabic or from English language sources in the Middle East.

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