ADL Urges President Mubarak to Condemn Anti-Semitism;
New Report Documents Widespread Hatred In Egyptian Media
New York, NY, March 4, 2002 … To coincide with this week's visit by President Hosni Mubarak to Washington, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued a report documenting the persistent widespread anti-Semitic portrayals and incitement in the Egyptian media. The League called on President Mubarak to "speak out and condemn anti-Semitism," saying that, "his silence implies acceptance."
The report, Anti-Semitism in the Egyptian Media has been distributed to key foreign policy leaders and administration officials on Capitol Hill. ADL is urging members of the Bush administration and others who will confer with President Mubarak to press the issue directly with the Egyptian leader.
"We have raised this issue with President Mubarak on many occasions, and he responds with the argument that Egypt is a democratic society and that the government cannot dictate the views of editors and writers and producers," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "There is a basic fallacy in that logic, because leaders in a free society have a responsibility to speak out against anti-Semitism. President Mubarak must condemn anti-Semitism in his society. His silence implies acceptance."
The ADL report, Anti-Semitism in the Egyptian Media, points to more than a dozen recent examples of blatant anti-Semitism in the Egyptian media, including classic anti-Semitic portrayals, Holocaust denial, comparisons of Jews and Israel with Hitler and Nazism, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. The report, which includes examples from February 2001 through February 2002, cites instances where anti-Semitic caricatures appeared in the state-sponsored press and as part of television documentaries, and offers translations of articles that included anti-Semitic libels. In several instances, reports in the Egyptian news media have explicitly blamed Jews and Israel for orchestrating the September 11 terrorist attacks. The report has been distributed to members of the Bush Administration, congressional leadership and officials in the State Department and National Security Agency.
"The terrorist attacks didn't start with box cutters and a plan to hijack planes. They started with words - hateful, ugly words," Mr. Foxman said. "Now that we have witnessed the end result of hatred in Arab and Muslim societies, we need to get the message through to the leadership that they can no longer turn a blind eye on the extremists in their societies.
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