Blogger Spearheads Petition Urging Human Rights Groups to Condemn Anti-Semitic TV Show
by Zach Pontz
A petition urging human rights groups to condemn an anti-Semitic mini-series due to air throughout the Arab world in July is gathering momentum, with over 1200 people from 47 countries having signed it thus far.
The petition, spearheaded by the anonymous pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon, was hand delivered to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International earlier this week.
The mini-series “Khaybar” is set to be broadcast throughout the Arab world this summer and “the writer and director of the series makes no secret of the fact that the point of the series is to demonize Jews from the time of Moses to today,” Elder of Ziyon wrote in a press release. “In other words,” the release continues, “the series is meant to incite Arabs to hate Jews.”
“The show will be on when most Egyptian families are staying at home for Ramadan doing nothing but watching TV,” Mina Rezkalla, a U.S.-based Egyptian activist told The Wall Street Journal about the show’s reach in one of the Arab countries in which it will air, Egypt. “The goal is completely outward anti-Semitism.”
“The petition we delivered includes a call for HRW and Amnesty to condemn Khaybar before it airs. Moreover, we demand that the organizations clearly define incitement and hate speech, and explain why they are not in the forefront of the battle against Arab antisemitism,” Elder of Ziyon told The Algemeiner in an email. “It is outrageous that human rights organizations, who have said that antisemitism is a human rights issue, cannot acknowledge the epicenter of 21st century antisemitism – the Arab and Muslim world.”
“Khaybar is hardly the worst example of Arab antisemitism. Just a couple of weeks ago I found a Jordanian newspaper columnist calling on Arabs to ‘kill the Jews everywhere.’ But Khaybar will be seen by far more Arabs than any newspaper article, book or speech. It is mass incitement and it is unacceptable that it is being ignored by human rights organizations,” he added.