zondag 13 december 2009

Rapport over antisemitisme in Egyptische media

Onlangs nog haalde een Egyptische geestelijke fel uit naar Israel. Hij zei onder andere:
I have a message for every Jew on the face of the earth. The army of Muhammad will return. Oh offspring of apes and pigs, the day of vengeance is nearing. Oh most accursed creatures created by Allah, those who swore before the Prophet Muhammad to die are returning. Wait for us and you will see, you most accursed creatures.
Oh nation of Muhammad, do not be afraid to wage war against the Jews. If you do not fight for the sake of Palestine, Allah will fight you. Decide what you are more afraid of – a war with the Jews, or a war with Allah. Can you fight God? If you abandon Palestine, you will be fighting God.
Wat ik mij weleens afvraag: als je met dit soort boodschappen, en een continue stroom (eindeloos herhaalde) bloederige beelden van gewonde en gedode kinderen in Gaza wordt geconfroneerd, en als je daarbij nooit ook maar enige informatie van de andere kant krijgt, wat ga je dan op den duur geloven over Israel en de Joden? Niet veel fraais, en dat geldt niet alleen voor Egypte maar voor het hele Midden-Oosten. Deze haat industrie is een van de belangrijkste obstakels tot vrede, maar lijkt de ollifant in de kamer te zijn die vooral links angstvallig negeert.
You don't say: ADL finds Egyptian media are anti-Semitic
It should not require a major study to show that media that print articles claiming Hitler was right about the Jews, and portraying the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the blood libel as factual just might be anti-Semitic. But sometimes it is necessary to belabor the obvious.
Ami Isseroff

ADL: Egyptian media anti-Semitic

Dec. 8, 2009

The Anti-Defamation League released a "Report on Anti-Semitism in the Egyptian Media" on Monday, citing the country's culture of permissiveness which enables anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment to flourish.

The report, delivered to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the Obama administration last week, sours President Obama's hope that Egypt could be a leader in improving Muslim and non-Muslim relations.

"These alarming manifestations of anti-Jewish attitudes undermine attempts by the US administration to deliver on the promise of better relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim world in President Obama's Cairo address," ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said on Monday.

Furthermore, the anti-Israel press and lack of government action present a major obstacle to Obama's vision of normalized relations between Israel and Arab countries, Foxman said.

Popular Egyptian daily newspapers and television programs portray Jews as "stooped, hook-nosed and money-hungry, fighting for world domination."

The ADL report highlights 58 editorial cartoons - from mainstream Egyptian newspapers - which portray Jews and Israelis using anti-Semitic stereotypes. The cartoons from the mass circulation dailies Al-Ahram, Al-Gumhuriyya and Akhbar Al-Yawm also include offensive images of the Holocaust and swastikas.

The report also presents excerpts from articles in the Egyptian press claiming that Americans and Israelis rape Iraqi and Palestinian girls, Israel pollutes Palestinian drinking water and Jews control the American media.

"President Mubarak's government continues to engage in business as usual when it comes to blatant expressions of anti-Semitism in the media, which seep into Egyptian society," Foxman said.

In October, Egypt attempted to exclude Israeli doctors and scientists from an international breast cancer conference.

The ADL addressed President Mubarak in a letter accompanying the report, criticizing the lack of public condemnation and censure of anti-Semitic expressions and actions.

"On numerous occasions, ADL officials have met with you and members of your government to urge Egypt's leadership to speak out against such anti-Semitic expressions and to make clear that the demonization of Jews is unacceptable in Egyptian society," the letter states.

"To our disappointment, such condemnations have been rare, and all too often we have heard representatives of your government justify these examples of hate as understandable expressions of anger toward Jews."

Neither President Obama nor President Mubarak had publicly reacted to the ADL's report by press time.


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