Anti-Semitism and Holocaust

AJC Publicizes Arab Anti-Semitism
The American Jewish Committee has placed full-page advertisements in the New York Times and other newspapers, exposing the rampant anti-Semitism in newspapers and textbooks sponsored by Syria, the Palestinian Authority, and other Arab regimes. The AJC's ad in the New York Times noted that "hatred of Jews seethes in the Arab government-controlled media," and concluded: "Such virulent anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Arab world must no longer be tolerated. The spreading of hatred and the pursuit of peace cannot coexist. Which will it be?" Some examples noted by the AJC:

  • "The Palestinian Authority-appointed Islamic Mufti of Jerusalem last month publicly trivialized the Holocaust";

  • The PA's "official news outlets have asserted that Israel is spreading deadly viruses throughout the Arab world";

  • "Arab media have depicted, in words and cartoons, Israeli Prime Minister Barak and Foreign Minister David Levy as Nazis";

  • The Syrian government newspaper Al Thawra declared that Israel "has surpassed even the Nazis in its criminal acts";

  • the Syrian government magazine Al-Usbu Al-Adabi wrote that "the Matzoh of Israel is soaked with the blood of the Palestinians";

  • a Syrian government schoolbook, Islamic Education for Tenth Grade, 1999-2000, teaches (p.116) that "the logic of justice obligates the application of the single verdict on the Jews from which there is no escape - namely, that their criminal intentions be turned against them and that they be exterminated."

The Zionist Organization of America notes that a poll carried out earlier this year on behalf of the Middle East Quarterly found that by nearly 4 to 1 (64.8% to 16.6%), Americans believe that Syria should be required to halt all anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic incitement in the Syrian government-controlled media before the U.S. should consider giving any financial aid to Syria. ( Apr 16)

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