On 9/11 Anniversary, Newspapers in Arab World
Blame Jews and America for Attacks
New York, NY, September 9, 2002 … As the world remembers and renews on September 11, some newspapers in Muslim and Arab nations are using the one-year anniversary to foment anti-American and anti-Jewish hate, with vicious caricatures of world leaders and Jews appearing in the official press.
According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors the Arabic-language media for anti-Semitic and anti-American content, newspapers in the Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates have in recent days published strongly offensive caricatures of Jews and Western leaders. In one image, the names of President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair were intertwined with a swastika. Another cartoon suggested that Jews reaped political and financial gains as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
"At a time when nations of the world are joining with the United States in remembrance and renewal on September 11, newspapers in the Arab world continue to serve up a diet of anti-Semitic and anti-American hate," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The worst of the cartoons suggest that Jews either profited from or orchestrated the September 11 attacks, which is another extension of the big lie that is widely accepted as truth in the Arab world.
"Coming just days ahead of the 9/11 anniversary, these images in the official Muslim and Arab press should serve as a warning to all Western nations of the danger that still exists in the region that produced the 9/11 hijackers," Mr. Foxman added. "The anti-American and anti-Jewish message has great resonance in the Middle East and poses a significant challenge to a world still challenged by terrorism."