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Arab Media Review: Anti-Semitism and Other Trends May - June 2005


Posted: July 12, 2005

Introduction Bahrain Egypt Jordan
Oman Palestinian Authority Qatar Saudi Arabia
Syria United Arab Emirates 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 the Arab and Muslim world in May-June 2005.

Accusations of prisoner abuse and Koran desecration at American detention facilities provided occasion for several newspapers to depict Israelis and Jews as supporting and perpetrating such activities. A number of editorial cartoons and articles offered up hateful, stereotypical portrayals of Jews as scheming and plotting to destabilize the fledgling Iraqi democracy and to meddle in internal Lebanese affairs.

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.

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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