ADL Calls on Bush Administration to Hold President Mubarak "Personally Accountable" for Anti-Semitism
New York, NY, April 2, 2001 … In response to the resurrection of a blood
libel charge in an Egyptian newspaper, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called
on administration officials meeting today with President Hosni Mubarak in
Washington to hold the leader, "personally accountable for the persistent
use of anti-Semitism in the media."
The League’s statement came in response to reports of continued
anti-Semitic incitement in the Egyptian press. On March 25, a government-backed
newspaper published a blood libel charge in an article coinciding with a meeting
of Arab leaders in Amman, Jordan.
"Once again, the government-backed media in Egypt has issued a spurious
attack against Jews and Israel with the centuries old charge of blood
libel," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "These
accusations have been used to incite hatred against Jews, especially during the
Passover season, for hundreds of years. Jews have died as a result of these ugly
"It is ludicrous that Egypt’s leaders, while holding out an olive
branch to Israel and the United States, continue to permit such ugly and hateful
stereotypes of Jews and Judaism," said Mr. Foxman. "Egypt’s
tolerance of anti-Semitism belies its claim that it wants to continue to be a
partner for peace."
ADL has launched a campaign to raise awareness of anti-Semitism in the
Egyptian media, including advertisements in major U.S. newspapers calling on
Egypt’s president to "stop the anti-Semitic hate in Egypt." ADL has
provided copies of its new report, Anti-Semitic Images in the Egyptian
Media, to the White House, State Department and members of the House and
Adding to the dozens of anti-Semitic cartoons that have appeared in the last
14 months, the government-backed daily newspaper Al Akhbar published an
article on March 25 resurrecting the Jewish blood libel. According to the Middle
East Media and Research Institute, the article repeated details of the infamous
1840 Damascus blood libel. The author, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Said Al-Kurdi, wrote the
article to coincide with the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, "so Arab
Foreign Ministers can review it when they devise the final picture of the
unified Arab strategy." Similar accusations appeared in Egypt’s leading
daily newspaper, Al-Ahram, last October.
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