ADL Urges U.S. Intervention
to Stop Anti-Semitic Program from Airing in Egypt
New York, NY, October 24, 2002 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), outraged that the Egyptian government has approved for broadcast a television series with an anti-Semitic premise, today urged U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to press Egypt to prevent the program from airing.
Egypt's ministries of Information and Culture have approved the 30-part documentary series, "Horseman without a Horse," for broadcast in early November during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The series is partially based on the discredited anti-Semitic forgery, "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion."
"The broadcast of the show "Horseman without a Horse" is only the latest manifestation of an ongoing pattern of anti-Semitic incitement in the Egyptian media which reverberates beyond Egypt," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in a letter to Secretary Powell.
"As the State Department's Country Report on Human Rights in Egypt asserts, the broadcast media is tightly controlled by the government, which must approve scripts and final production. Given that premise, any reference to 'Protocols' or Jewish conspiracy theories clearly violates international treaties and norms against incitement to racial and religious hatred to which Egypt is a signatory, and should be broadly condemned."
The "Horseman" series has been described in the Egyptian press as a documentary, which, "courageously tackles the 24 Protocols of the Elders of Zion, revealing them and clarifying that they are the central line that still, to this very day, dominates Israel's policy, political aspirations and racism." The program could have a broader impact beyond Egypt, since the satellite channel, "Dream Channel," reportedly is marketing the series to stations across the Middle East.
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