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Petition: End Bigotry and Incitement Against Jews on Arab Television
A Middle Eastern television series, Khaybar, promotes hatred and violence against Jews. It has been broadcast to millions of people. It is representative of the kind of anti-Semitic broadcasts airing regularly throughout the Arab/Muslim world. Please help expose, condemn, and end anti-Semitic programming on Arab television.
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We, the undersigned, join in expressing our deep concern about Khaybar, a television series airing in the Middle East. While it is just one of the many anti-Semitic programs broadcast during Ramadan, it is particularly disturbing. The show is named after a seventh-century event during which Mohammed and his armies attacked and massacred the Jews of Khaybar in Arabia. Even today, over 1,300 years later, the term “Khaybar” is often used in chants calling for the murder of Jews. Recently, Gaza flotilla participants and activists in New York and Paris shouted in Arabic, “Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud,” which translates as “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.” Its chilling association is one of bloodshed and terror.
As one actor in Khaybar stated, “Through the events of the show, we will discover how this category of humans (the Jews) represents one of the ugliest groups that appeared in history.” The television series builds on a long tradition of dehumanizing Jews and hatemongering.
Join Rashad Hussain (U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation), the Anti-Defamation League, and StandWithUs in denouncing this dangerous showcase of bigotry and incitement against Jews on Arab television. The petition will be sent to key decision makers within the U.S. and foreign governments, ambassadors, human rights organizations, and international media.
By calling attention to this dangerous and reprehensible program, we hope to pressure Arab and Muslim leaders to modernize, reform, and promote tolerance.