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Arab Media Review: Anti-Semitism and Other Trends January- April 2007


Posted: April 17, 2007

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Libya Oman Qatar Syria
"Shaked Spirit" The Mughrabi Gate Excavations Arab Newspapers    

Anti-Semitism is widespread throughout the Arab and Muslim world, manifested in many segments of society. The following report is the latest installment in ADL's ongoing series presenting selected anti-Semitic expressions in the Arab and Muslim world.  This report includes examples from January through April 2007.

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 and Israelis, and depictions of the stereotypical Jew (big nose, black coat and hat, skull cap, etc.).

Newspapers continued to run cartoons and columns that denied or downplayed the horrors of the Holocaust, perhaps in response to Yom Hashoah, the Jewish Holocaust Commemoration Day, in April.  Additionally, many newspaper articles and cartoons accused Jews of using the Holocaust to justify the persecution of others and depicted Israeli soldiers as Nazi thugs.

This report also examines the anti-Semitic material in the Arab media related to two current events.  First, following the airing of the documentary film, "Shaked Spirit," on Israel's Channel 1 in March, in which Israeli soldiers admitted to killing Egyptian POW's at the end of the Six-Day war, Egyptian newspapers ran cartoons and articles that accused Israelis of committing massacres on par with Nazi atrocities.

Second, Israel's plans to construct a ramp at Mugrabi Gate, one of the entrances to the Muslim holy sites at Al Aksa compound in Jerusalem, led to a wave of cartoons and articles in February accusing Israel of attempting to destroy an Islamic holy site.

All material in this compilation was translated by ADL from the original Arabic or is otherwise from English language sources in the Middle East.

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