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Blogger Spearheads Petition Urging Human Rights Groups to Condemn Anti-Semitic TV Show

June 28, 2013 10:49 am 16 comments

Scene during filming of upcoming Khaybar series.

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.


  • Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have many things in common with the American Civil Liberties Union and Green Peace. ‘Rights’ organizations controlled by the political Left have always been a conundrum. Avowed ‘Socialists’ do not reason very effectively. Dogma-driven movements never allow truth to interfere with the mission. Can a cat change its stripes?

  • Dian Kjaergaard

    1503 signatures now. Next goal 2500. We will keep up the pressure. Please support in any way you can.

  • It’s same old same old, hate breeding hate rid, could well imagine the response from the Muslim world should Israel choose to Saterise the History of the Arabs from the time of Abraham to the present time, recorded history and known fact would cause incensed rage and furry by a people that cannot and will not except that the G-d of their half brothers exalted them a head of the Arab.
    Rather than except there position amongst the family of men they continue to try to eradicate the Jew so as they may lay title to what was never theirs. Breed hate rid, start as many wars that your jealous hearts may inspire, but history should have taught you that you will never remove the Jew from this earth, and the day you come to this realisation will be the day you will sit down together and make piece. Is it not better to gain something than nothing at all? The objective of Islam seems to be drivin to Smuther the truth of what they hate more than anything on this earth the Truth of the relationship between Israel and its G-d.

  • Time for Jews to protest and burn embassies and flags in their respective countries

  • Clive Kaplan

    This is unacceptable.
    Any normal human being needs to protest this flagrant abuse of hate speech.

  • If this kind of programming truly represents values and attitudes that are widespread throughout the Muslim world (and more particularly among the Palestinians), and is not merely the abberant expression of an extreme minority, then even 2-state solution advocates such as myself and the J Street organization must take pause. Could Israel ever conduct diplomatic relations with a state as openly anti-Semitic as, say, Nazi Germany? How can any person expect that Israel would be able to peacefully co-exist with a government on its very borders which promotes such hatred amongst its citizens and still fosters the hope of Israel’s ultimate destruction? I am deeply discouraged.

    • Dian Kjaergaard

      It is very discouraging indeed because Khaybar is just the top of a massive iceberg, although it is probably the most vicious example of highly emotional hate-content to be seen by hundreds of millions of susceptible people. And it doesn’t matter what kind of an x-state solution gets put in place – Israel and Jews will have to deal with lies and hatred for many years to come.

      But we must not give up. And we need all the help we can get – which is one of the reasons Elder is fighting so hard to get Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to speak up. In 2003 they stated publicly that Jews shouldn’t have to fight anti-Semitism alone – and it’s pay-up time!

  • ben marshall

    Very demoralising

  • There are a few people in the Arab world, whom I have met since they came to talk at our synagogue, who understand that to hate “the other” just for being different is to hate oneself. What has Arab hatred of Jews done to the Arabs? Civil unrest resulting in deaths in Lebanon and Egypt, 100,000+ dead and immense human suffering in Syria. By hating us, the Arabs hate themselves.

  • Anthony dayton

    This religious hate speech on the part of Arabs against Jews puts the lie to the Arab sponsored U.N. legislation condemning religious hate speech.

  • Joy Bloumis

    Sadly we are still hoping for peace with others in the Middle East, but it’s like believing in fairies.

  • Khaybar does not foster peace between Israel and the rest of the arab world.Israel is the only true democracy in the Midle east..and always treats Arabs and Jews and Christians alike..with respect, compassion and decency.
    This show must be absolutely condemned and consigned to the rubbish bin!!!!

  • Julio Roberto Méndez

    It’s a shame “Khaybar” Mini-series anti-Semitic spirit. (Genesis 12:2 & 3) Yahweh words for everlasting. People of Israel Trust him.

  • edward neidich

    Human Rights Watch and Amesty International must show their true colors.Failure to do so ,I will erase them from my donation$$ list..

  • Many thanks to the Elder for all his work on this issue

    and for those who don’t already know

  • Bernard Ross

    All such arab/muslim behavior should make it abundantly clear that peace is impossible and transfer is the only secure option. Put all enemies outside the border of Israel so that only external security is involved.

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