Arab Media Review: Anti-Semitism and Other Trends July - December 2006
Posted: January 24, 2007
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 press in July-December 2006.
Al-Wifaq, September 14, 2006 (Iran)
The War in Lebanon triggered a rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel invective. The war was presented in the Arab and Muslim media as a one-sided heinous Israeli attack, ignoring Hezbollah's role and portraying the conflict as another stage of the so-called Israeli "campaign" to "annihilate" the Arab nation. A dominant theme was the comparison between the war in Lebanon and World War II or the Holocaust, with the Jews no longer in the role of victim, but of oppressors and murderers. In some instances the Israeli Prime Minister was portrayed as the Nazi Fuhrer - Adolf Hitler's successor. The use of demonic images of Israel and the Jews – who were portrayed as rats, spiders and as the embodiment of evil – was another predominating theme.
In 2006, the Iranian paper Hamshahri announced a Holocaust cartoon competition. More than 200 cartoons were submitted. The winner, a Moroccan cartoonist, compared Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz with Israel's West Bank security fence. Some cartoonists openly mocked the Holocaust. Others denied it outright.
A Holocaust Denial conference was held in Tehran in December, where some participants, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called for wiping out the "Zionist entity" (i.e., Israel).
All material in this compilation was translated by ADL from the original Arabic or is otherwise from English language sources in the Middle East.