Anti-Semitism in the Official Egyptian Press
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Anti-Semitism continues to thrive in the Egyptian media. Derogatory images and harsh
accusations against Jews and Judaism have persevered through bad and good times -- wars
with Israel, periods of tension and even the 1979 declaration of peace between the two
Anti-Semitic stereotypes continue to be prevalent in cartoons, caricatures, opinion
columns, and other media, where Jews are often depicted as dirty, hook-nosed, money-hungry
world dominators. Comparisons of Israel (both Likud and Labor governments) with the Nazis,
denial of the Holocaust and traditional libels are also common. While some such pieces can
be found in opposition newspapers, many are printed in the government-backed press,
including the largest Egyptian daily, Al-Ahram, Al-Goumhuriyya and the popular magazine
Over the years, much attention has been paid to the trend of anti-Semitism in the
Egyptian media. Particularly following the 1996 election of Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, there was a marked increase in anti-Semitic attacks. It appears that
efforts to raise this problem with Egyptian officials and other influentials have made an
impact, as more recent research demonstrates that the quantity of anti-Semitic
manifestations in the Egyptian press has decreased.
However, the "quality" or severity of such attacks has become even greater.
For example, while fewer cartoons depicting Jews as money-hungry may appear, intellectual
articles with harder-hitting anti-Semitic accusations seem to be becoming more common. The
latest trend has been the publication of articles promoting historical revisionism and
This report contains recent examples of such troubling anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism in the Egyptian media.
Jews as World Dominators
Al-Akhbar, May 9, 1999 "The Judaization of the American Foreign Ministry"
"In the framework of the cooperation between the Jewish Lobby and Israel on the
one hand and the mechanisms of decision making in Washington, the United States judaized
the American Foreign Ministry which has been a balancing factor in leading the American
Egyptian Gazette, March 9, 1999 "Zionist Lobby Serves American Agenda"
Dr. Abd El-Wahab El-Meseiri, author of the newly published eight volume anti-Semitic
encyclopedia "Jews, Judaism, and Zionism" (for which he won first prize at the
Egypt book fair) is praised, stating, "...many [Egyptians] are forced to try and
learn more about the enemy [Israeli Jews] through careful study, which enhances the
ability to deal with their weaknesses and fortes on an equal footing...the encyclopedia
entitled, 'Jews, Judaism and Zionism' is of utmost importance." A full-page interview
with el-Meseiri is also printed.
Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, September 26, 1998 (A summary of the article also appeared in
Al-Ahram International Edition)
A compilation of the "investigative" work of four reporters on Jewish control
of the world states that Jews have become the political decision-makers and control the
media in most capitals of the world (Washington, Paris, London, Berlin, Athens, Ankara)
and says that the main apparatus for the Jews to control the world is the international
Jewish lobby which works for Israel.
Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, August 29, 1998 (article by Amrar Sultan)
Jews are accused of having bombed the Balkans when the Kosovo crisis threatened to
result in a total war in the Balkans. "Reliable sources are quoted" in saying
that the Jewish lobby played a central role in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in
order to divert attention from Israel's policy against the Palestinians.
Al-Ahram, November 14, 1998
"The Jews have been behind all the wars and their goal was corruption and
destruction. This is their means of getting rich quick after wars."
Al-Ahram, May 13, 1998 (article by Salama Ahmed Salama quoting Dr. Abed Wahab Masiri)
"There is a great Jewish plot to gain control of the world."
Jews as Evildoers
Al-Usbu, January 18, 1999 (opposition paper)
An article accuses a group of Jews of conspiring against Islam by falsifying verses of
the Koran in a translated edition marketed in the U.S. and Europe. A Jewish group is also
accused of intending to harm the Egyptian people by finding justifications for the Jews'
right to Sinai and returning the Sinai Peninsula to the Jews by the year 2020.
Al-Ahram, January 15, 1999 (article by Anis Mansour)
An article explains that the re-election of Netanyahu would increase hatred for the
Jews all over the world. The author says he finds it strange that on the one hand Jews cry
out every time they are persecuted, but on the other hand, they are the ones that force
all the nations to this situation.
Al-Ahram, December 8, 1998 (article by Nabil Amar)
"Has there been any change at all in the personality of the fanatic Jew, as it has
come to be known and described in the literature and heritage of most of the nations of
the world? That is to say, has there been any development of his character traits after
his state has been established and he has obtained international influence? For example,
is there any difference between Netanyahu's traits, when he is negotiating with the
Palestinians, Lebanese and the Syrians, and those of the money-lender from the play 'The
Merchant of Venice'?"
Al-Shaab, November 17, 1998 "The Talmud, the Jews and Human Sacrifice"
Citing a book entitled "The Jews in Egypt in the Modern Era," the article
"...Jews carry out human sacrifices to please their blood-thirsty God...[The
Talmud says] 'We have two ways of satisfying our God: the first is on the Feast of Matzah
[Passover], using matzah mixed with human blood, and the second is the circumcision
ceremony of our children.' This while the Jewish Encyclopedia says, 'The rabbis have given
their approval for carrying out human sacrifices of Christians to our God.'" The
article goes on to graphically describe alleged Jewish sacrifice of living Christian
October, October 11, 1998 (article by Muhammad al-Takhlawi)
"Research done regarding the Torah proves that there is no one with whom the Jews
have not quarreled, including God...the Torah makes clear that quarreling and strife are
among the foundations of the 'Israeli personality,' for immediately upon birth, the Jew
imbibes conflict with his mothers's milk and therefore one can not find a Jew who is not
involved in some dispute...[the Jew is] a man of quarrel and conflict, who sows enmity
with his hidden figures throughout the entire world."
October, October 4, 1998 (article by Mustafa Mahmoud)
"Any one who studies the Jewish heritage cannot help but feel that all
conspiracies against religions and generally all destructive upheavals and the undermining
of values and basic principles -- all are the result of this heritage. Jewish guidance
directs every axe of destruction . . . Satan worship is part of Judaism and especially its
concealed aspects, such as the Kabbalah, as is the goal of destroying monotheistic
Roz Al-Yusuf, August 24, 1998 ("Senior Arab Legue Official Tells US: The Story
of the Israeli Blood Tainted with AIDS")
"A reliable source at the Arab League provided details of the report circulated by
the League to its member states warning of imported blood units contaminated with the AIDS
virus, hepatitis and bilharzia. They were manufactured by an Austrian company and Israel
treated the blood units before they were sent to the Arab and Third World nations."
Al-Arab Al-Yom, June 9, 1998 (article by Al-Sid Ali Al-Sid)
"As for the Jews today, there is no difference between rigid or flexible. They are
all the same, the difference being whether they kill a person with a thick, hard-bladed
knife or by placing him on the electric chair . . . it is possible to deter these
swindlers and tricksters and foil their schemes . . ."
Holocaust/World War II Revisionism
Al-Ahram al-Arabi, May 1, 1999 "The Jews are Liars"
The full text of a report by American Holocaust denier Fred Leuchter, which refutes the
usage of Nazi gas chambers during World War II as execution chambers, is reprinted.
"It's completely clear that this chamber is not an execution chamber, since it
contains air inlets, but not air outlets. These chambers, like other facilities, were not
designed as gas execution chambers and they can't be used for that purpose."
According to Al-Ahram, Leuchter's report "by itself constitutes a death verdict on
the false legends told by the State of Israel."
Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, April 24, 1999 "For the First Time: Leuchter Research
Concerning Nazi Gas Chambers"
"According to Fred Leuchter's [a known American Holocaust denier] international
report regarding the Nazi extermination camps, even if these camps were operating at
maximum capacity, the sum total of their victims would not have surpassed hundreds of
thousands. In no way would it have reached even one million...It has become clear that
there is no basis for the tremendous significance attached to the crematoriums."
Al-Akhbar, September 25, 1998 "The Holocaust, Netanyahu and Me"
"The Jews invented the myth of mass extermination and the fabrication that 6
million Jews were put to death in Nazi ovens. This was done with the aim of motivating the
Jews to emigrate to Israel and to blackmail the Germans for money as well as to achieve
world support for the Jews. Similarly, Zionism based itself on this myth to establish the
State of Israel...I continue to believe that the Holocaust is an Israeli myth which was
invented to blackmail the world."
Al-Ahram and Al-Ahrar, September 6, 1998
The papers ran an appeal by Roger Garaudy, an infamous Holocaust denier who was
convicted by a French court in March 1998 for contesting the truth of proven crimes
against humanity, to the Arab and Islamic world urging continued support as he appealed
Al-Akhbar, July 14, 1998 (article by Dr. Hassan Rajib) "Zionism has elevated the Holocaust to a sacred level and uses it for the purposes
of blackmail...even if the ovens at Buchenwald and Auschwitz were working day and night,
it would have taken dozens of years to kill six million people, and not just the three
years which the Nazis had..."
Prepared by the Department of Middle Eastern Affairs
Analysis, June 1999
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