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ADL Report Says Anti-Semitism "Is Rampant" in Muslim and Arab Media

New York, NY, May 20, 2002 ... In the latest of a series of reports on widespread anti-Semitism within Muslim and Arab societies, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today warned that anti-Jewish incitement in the Middle East media "has reached a fever pitch" and is threatening to destabilize the region.

Anti-Semitism/Anti-Israel Incitement in the Arab and Muslim Media documents examples from March - April 2002, often appearing in the government-sponsored press of moderate Arab nations such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, where Jews and Israel are vilified using classic anti-Semitic portrayals and stereotypes. ADL identified more than two dozen incidents in the media during this two-month period, including classic anti-Semitic portrayals, Holocaust denial, comparisons of Jews and Israel with Hitler and Nazism, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

"In the last few years the drumbeat of anti-Semitism has been gathering strength in the Muslim and Arab media to a point where it has reached a fever pitch," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "This latest assessment shows that blood libel, Holocaust denial, stereotypical caricatures and other forms of anti-Semitism today are rampant throughout the Middle East and ingrained in the psyche of the Arab street. In many regimes, expressions of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hate are no longer just accepted; they have become a national obsession.

"Arab and Western leaders must recognize the warning signs," Mr. Foxman said. "We had hoped that the lessons of September 11 would have changed attitudes within the regimes about the dangers of unchecked incitement and hate. Yet not one prominent Muslim or Arab leader has stood up to say `no' to anti-Israel incitement and anti-Semitism."

The full report, including a compilation of the most offensive articles and cartoons from newspapers across the Mideast region, is available on the League's Web site. The following are excerpts from the report:

Comparisons Between Israel/Zionism and Nazism

  • "Comparison between Zionism and Nazism is not a sort of metaphor, since the link between them is a historical fact that we cannot ignore … . It seems like Hitler is alive again, and is following his old ways, but this time with the Palestinians: the student, Sharon, has learned in an extreme way from his teacher, Hitler … . Hitler and Mussolini were thrown to the garbage of history… Will Sharon get a better destiny?" - Al-Ahram, Egyptian government daily, April 17, 2002.

  • "It is not a Jewish demand to merely support Sharon, but to ignore his horrible massacres, which exceeded the Nazism massacres, as well." - Al-Ahram, Saudi government daily, April 15, 2002.

    Holocaust Denial

  • "The entire matter (the Holocaust), as many French and British scientists and researchers have proven, is nothing more than a huge Israeli plot aimed at extorting the German government in particular and the European countries in general. But I, personally, and in light of this imaginary tale, complain to Hitler, even saying to him from the bottom of my heart, "If only you had done it, brother, if only it had really happened, so that the world could sign in relief (without) their evil and sin." - Al-Akhbar, Egyptian government daily, April 29, 2002.

  • Jewish Conspiracy Theories

  • "The American media, which is controlled by the Jewish power. This power does not hide the Jewish names from the media, as was done in the past, since the Jewish power itself controls, manages and directs the media." - Al Quds, Palestinian Authority newspaper, April 8, 2002.

  • "Zionist Jews control the mass media in the United States. Abraham Rosenthal, who is the coordinator of the chief editors of the New York Times, which is one of the most important and influential newspapers in the United States, wrote an article in which he strongly condemned the Palestinians and those who criticize Ariel Sharon and the Israeli army. Another well-known journalist is William Safire, who is supporting Sharon one hundred percent." -- Tehran Times, Iran, online English language edition, April 18, 2002.

  • Blood Libel

  • "For this holiday (Purim), the Jewish people must obtain human blood so that their clerics can prepare the holiday pastries. In other words, the practice cannot be carried out as required if human blood is not spilled!! Before I go into the details, I would like to clarify that the Jews' spilling human blood to prepare pastry for their holidays is a well-established fact, historically and legally, all throughout history." - Al-Riyadh, Saudi government daily, two-part article, March 10 and 12, 2002, by Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma of King Faysal University. (Note: Following U.S. condemnation, the editor of Al-Riyadh apologized for printing this article).

  • Deicide Charge

  • "The Church, the Pope, the Christians, and the New Testament clearly state that, according to Christian belief, the ones who killed Jesus are the Jews, and there is no way to deny or renounce this… . The Jews are the ones who killed Jesus; after him, (they killed) the Christians, and after them, the Muslims. Now they are again killing both the Muslims and the Christians. Throughout history, we have seen that the Jews persecuted the Christians at the beginning of the Church, and now they are again persecuting the Church, and Islam …" -- Statement by Manuel Musalam, head of the Latin Church in Gaza, on Palestine Television (Palestinian Authority), April 22, 2002.

  • Evil Jews/Classic Stereotypes

  • "Our enemies suffer now more than we do. Why? Because we are convinced that our dead go to Paradise, while the dead of the Jews go to Hell, to a cruel fate. So we stand firm and steadfast, in obedience to Allah… The Jews await the false Jewish messiah, while we await, with Allah's help … the Mahdi and Jesus, peace be upon him. Jesus's pure hands will murder the false Jewish messiah." - Excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian Authority Imam Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi and broadcast on Palestine Television, April 12, 2002.

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