ADL Calls Egyptian Press Syndicate Honoring of Anti-Semitic Columnist
New York, N.Y., May 31, 2001 Ö The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
criticized the Egyptian Press Syndicate for awarding its top honor to a
journalist whose columns are often laden with anti-Semitic rhetoric. Just two
months ago, Ahmed Ragab published a column entitled "Thanks to
Hitler," in the government daily Al-Akhbar, which thanked Hitler for
the persecution of 6 million Jews and also claimed that Hitlerís "revenge
on them was not enough."
"It is outrageous that the Egyptian Press Syndicate would honor Ahmed
Ragab, who publicly extolled Hitlerís extermination of 6 million Jews, with
its highest award," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "It
is unfortunate that anti-Semitism in the Egyptian media is not only tolerated,
but also rewarded."
ADL criticized Ragabís column, which was printed during the week of
Holocaust Remembrance Day, and called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to
publicly condemn anti-Semitism in the Egyptian press.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.