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Arab Media Review: Anti-Semitism and Other Trends July - December 2005


Posted: January 10, 2006

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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 the Arab and Muslim world in July-December 2005.

Star of David superimposed on the Third Reich flag.
Al-Yawm (Saudi Arabia), November 30, 2005

A number of events were covered in the media as follows:


  • The United Nations designation of January 27 as a Holocaust memorial day was an occasion for many newspapers to run 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.  
  • Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August was an opportunity for newspapers to depict Israeli settlers and soldiers as evil Jews who want to destroy Arabs and take their land.
  • Terrorist attacks in London, Egypt, Jordan and elsewhere around the world, prompted many newspapers to question whether Israel and its Mossad agents were involved in perpetrating these atrocities.
  • The release of a report by Detlev Mehlis, head of the UN probe into the assassination of Lebanese former Premier Rafik Hariri, led to a wave of conspiracy theories.

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 as snakes, 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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