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ADL Blasts ‘Vehemently Anti-Semitic’ TV Show ‘Khaybar’ Currently Airing in Middle East

July 12, 2013 9:30 am 12 comments

Scene during filming of upcoming Khaybar series.

The Anti Defamation League (ADL) Thursday condemned as “vehemently anti-Semitic” the TV miniseries “Khaybar” currently being aired in the Middle East and across the Arab World.

“With Syria, Egypt and other countries in the Middle East going through historical upheavals, it is absurd and outrageous that the entertainment of the Ramadan season promotes the Muslim subjugation of caricatured Jews,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

“The uprisings in the Arab and Muslim world have revealed a hunger among much of the Middle East for democracy, accountability and the development of effective civil and pluralistic society.  Khaiber and other productions of its ilk represent the old detrimental approach of promoting Muslim societal unity through focusing hatred on Jews and Israel,” Foxman said.

The multi-million dol­lar tele­vi­sion series produced by Echo Media Qatar dramatizes the ancient battle between Muslims and the Jews of the town of Khaybar in Arabia and depicts Jews as the enemy of Islam.

Earlier this week  the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a video of the stars of “Khaybar,” that captures them making inflammatory and anti-Semitic remarks. One actor says that all Jews think about “is making money,” while another says that Jews “have no moral values.”

Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center also criticized the series on Tuesday.

“The fact that we now have the proliferation-and if you will the fine-tuning-of this kind of hateful imagery on satellite TV and on the internet is devastating. To undo that kind of hatred will take at least a generation. And the spillover is dramatic,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center told The Algemeiner.

“We’re not talking about rabble rousers in the streets. This is a sophisticated production that will have commercials attached to it and it shows its becoming embedded in their cultures,” he added.

Last month anonymous blogger Elder of Ziyon oversaw the delivery of a petition, urging mainstream human rights groups to condemn “Khaybar,” to the New York City headquarters of both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Thus far he says that both organizations have failed to respond to his overtures.

Neither Human Rights Watch nor Amnesty International responded to detailed requests from The Algemeiner for comment.

Khaybar is airing throughout Ramadan, a holy month of fasting in Islam and the prime television season in the Muslim world.

Today, pro­test­ers at anti-Israel ral­lies around the world often evoke the bat­tle of the town of Khaybar in their chants to gal­va­nize supporters.

Those who are rallying for a new society across the region must reject the anti-Semitism promoted in this television series,” Foxman said. “Faith leaders in the Muslim world should also unite in rejecting attempts to revive age-old hatreds.”


  • Delight Arellano

    Christianism and Democracy advocacy is the best. Because, Christianism teaches, love, respect of human rights, healing and forgiveness. And Democracy as a form of government in every country, for it is the welfare of every people and a government for the people , by the people of the people. human rights is above all, what is more important the right to live freely as long as what you are doing does not harm other people’s right to live , free from bullying, and merciless killing and terrorism is of devils advocate and design. Blessed are those people who are Christian and have a democratic form of government they do not live in fear and hatred , they enjoy life to the fullest and were grateful to God , country and parents and to those peace loving people around them.

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    I signed the petition too, what happened to it. As for Amnesty International they prefer to promote a terrorist in Guantamino on Hunger strike than consider the long terms effects of Islamic Sharia Law. Filming this rubbish during so called Rammadam when people are supposedly starving themselves is tantamount to brainwashing. Of course the Sharia message will sink in far more effectively when people are hungry. I cannot find any part of Wahhabism sacred or good. Be interesting to know the opinion of genuine Sufi’s re the program.

    • Dian Kjaergaard

      Vivienne, we are still working on the campaign. The petition is just a piece of it. Thanks for signing.

  • EncompassedRunner

    Because Muslims of all time are required to follow sunnah, I agree w/ IQ al Rassooli about the need to counter productions based on it — most especially this one, however, I disagree with him regarding tone, preferring instead a more matter-of-fact tone instead of one of “retaliation.” For instance, regarding Khaybar, it is perfectly reasonable to ask unemotionally about young Safiyah — whether Muhammad immediately taking her after the Muslims killed her new husband, her father & tribe is more reasonably seen as Muhammad’s loving caring for a widow or as war booty, slavery, even rape. Just putting such things out there is enough to cast doubt.

  • As an observer some distance removed from the epicenter of the M.East with a K. James translation of a Jewish Bible I witteness what it is talking about right before my eyes, who ever the author is. sure new what they were talking about, seems to me because it is such a reliable source in regard to what is now coming to pass and is reality there is no dispute because what’s happening between Jewish people and Arab people is fact, so the question one might naturally ask is what is going to happen next, and consequintly based upon what I am seeing now, I have no reason to doubt that when it says that all thoughts that would distroy the earth (people) will be cut down and destroyed for troubling themselves with Isreal, in fact G-d will make known his Power and Glory in the distraction of the evil doer. From this time on the great G-d of this world will no longer hold his peace and his power will be clearly and undisputably before our eyes.
    Like or hate it, this is what this book it warning us will come to pass not my words but the author of it. Seem’s to me we are either for God or against him, this will determine what side you will be on when the great day of The Lord will come.
    We may laugh or scoff but examine the proven facts of reality you will then see G-d does not lie, and every word he says is true and truth and its not said and recorded for nothing.

  • what happened to the petition ?

  • The ADL always COMPLAINS about anti Semitic TV productions by Muslims aired specifically during the 30 days of Ramadan capturing a Muslim audience of over 500 millions yet never ‘retaliates’ by showing what and who Muhammad actually was according to the Islamic scriptures that no Muslim can disprove.

    The Hadith prove (in chapter and verse) beyond a shadow of a doubt that Muhammad was a pathological liar, a mass murderer, a child molester and rapist, a predator upon women and a pirate of the desert.

    Instead of whining why not have a mini series (even without showing Muhammad’s face) based entirely upon the Hadith? Give the Muslim a taste of their own medicine BUT based entirely upon their own scripture.

    This would be the ultimate sweet revenge

    If you are in doubt, just Google ‘alrassooli’ and find out if any human being can prove him wrong regarding the above character descriptions of Muhammad.

    IQ al Rassooli

    • Dian Kjaergaard

      Great idea IQ al Rassoli.

      No need to “stop whining” – it just needs to be supplemented with other actions – and certainly a mini-series based on the Hadith could be a great idea. Any favorite stories to recommend? Some ideas about who would produce it?

      Follow the petition and what we hope to do in addition to it here:

  • There is so much hatred between Muslims and Jews. It’s just not easy to calm things down when a head of state warns Israel that they will be wiped off the face of the planet.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    The great thing is that when Egypt implodes into famine, anarchy and genocide in a few months, when they blame that on the Jews too, it will be even funnier.

    • Hatred? The Jews don´t hate anybody, and never did.
      But the muslims are the problem. They hate everybody
      but most the Jews, because the represent the good democratic part of the mankind.
      The muslims represent the evil part of the mankind

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