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May 9, 2013 11:57 am

Why are Human Rights Organizations Silent About Arab and Muslim Anti-Semitism?

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Scene during filming of upcoming Khaybar series.

In 2003, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International issued a joint statement on antisemitism:

Recognizing anti-Semitism as a serious human rights violation, we also recognize our own responsibility to take on this issue as part of our work. It should not be left to Jewish groups alone to highlight this issue and to appeal to the international community to address it. We are firmly committed to joining their ongoing efforts and to helping to bring problems of anti-Semitism into the overall human rights discourse.

Now, in 2013, if you look through the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International websites, it is difficult indeed to find any condemnations of Arab or Muslim antisemitism. While they condemn anti-semitism in Western countries, I cannot find a single mention of the phrases “Arab anti-semitism” or “Muslim anti-semitism” on either of their sites. Their typical mentions of antisemitism are usually together with Islamophobia.

Given the daily antisemitic incitement in the Arab and Muslim worlds, this is yet another indication that “human rights” organizations have a significant blind spot and are anxious to judge Arabs and Muslims by quite different standards than they judge Westerners.

In the past two days I posted crazed Jew-hating diatribes shown on Lebanese TV, in a popular Egyptian newspaper. Also recently we saw two accusations of the medieval blood libel in Egypt, a newspaper series insulting Judaism in Jordan, as well as examples of antisemitism in the Iraq media, Saudi Arabia newspaper, a Palestinian Arab “human rights group”  and “peace activist,” and pan-Arab media, and many more.

It is endemic. But worse than that, the hatred is mass produced.

In 2001, a hugely popular 30-part Ramadan TV series aired in the Arab world based on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It was rerun in Egypt this year.

Iran released an antisemitic movie last year.

purely anti-semitic TV series (“Khaybar”) is being filmed now in Egypt and Morocco to be shown in Arabic TV will be used to incite hundreds of millions of people against Jews during Ramadan next year to the Arab world. The filming of the series gets regular coverage in Arab media, and they make clear that it is meant to demonize Jews. The director doesn’t even attempt to hide the purpose of the film.

Naturally, “human rights” organizations are silent about that as well.

So where are the condemnations from the mainstream defenders of human rights who have said that antisemitism is a serious human rights violation?  Or is it simply too touchy a subject for them?

Simply put, human rights organizations do not insist that Arabs and Muslims adhere to the same standards that the rest of the world must.

I think there is another reason why this issue is roundly ignored by the mainstream human rights organizations. They want to believe that if only Israel would offer more concessions, then peace is possible. They want to frame the Arab-Israeli conflict in terms of human rights and international law and fairness and other Western constructs. The Arabs happily take advantage of this blind spot and speak only in those terms to Westerners as well, so the cycle of self-deception is complete.

Publicizing the rampant Jew-hatred in the Arab and Muslim worlds, however, will show that the hate transcends any other claims.

The Arab goal isn’t human rights. They want to destroy the Jewish state and have Jews revert to the second-class status (at best) that they held in the Middle East for the past 1400 years. The idea that Jews aren’t meekly submissive to their more numerous cousins is what causes this pure hate, not land disputes or “settlements.”

Once this realization sinks in, the Western liberal mind would despair. Peace, it would appear, isn’t possible in such a toxic environment. But since peace is imperative, the thinking goes, all evidence to the contrary must be downplayed. Pretend it is a political problem with a political solution, and don’t let anything get in the  way.

The irony is that soft-pedaling Arab and Muslim antisemitism does no one any favors.

HRW, Amnesty, Oxfam and all the other human rights organizations can help the cause of peace immensely by shining light on this oldest hatred. Publicizing the issue is necessary  for ridding the Muslim world of their hate – or at least opening up a debate about it, a debate that is all but silent. (I have rarely seen a talkback in Arabic condemning an article that denies the Holocaust or accuses Jews of drinking gentile blood on Passover.)

Peace is literally unthinkable when the Jewish people are viewed as evil incarnate. Human rights organizations have clout. Shining light on this problem is essential, and it is not an obstacle to peace – it is a prerequisite.

Right now, the human rights organizations have a chance to prove that they mean what they say. The Khaybar TV series is coming, and it is pure incitement against Jews. Denouncing this as a human rights issue – which it is, according to Amnesty’s and HRW’s own words – can show that these organizations are serious about their own stated purposes.

Elder of Ziyon is one of the world’s most popular pro-Israel bloggers. His website is

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  • Since the moment our four children were born in the Netherlands they were targeted physically and mentally by the Dutch racist regime. Our children were tortured, humiliated and the government was keen to evangelize them with the support of the judiciary.
    Recently Russian doctors informed us that our four children have the same birth injury which could have been avoided or treated at an early age and now they need lifetime therapy and medication. Moreover, one of our children has also a life threatening condition after a medical procedure was denied. Dutch doctors were unwilling to find what really happened to our children and claimed that the pain our children suffer from is inherited!
    After the ECHR accepted our case and waited two years our case was rejected. We were threatened and punished further because we demanded respect for our human rights. Official documents were falsified and we were forced to close down our business.
    Because we are Muslims; the media refused to report or investigate these outrageous human rights violations along with the Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. We have all the deviance and we hope to find an author to write our story!

  • david marzouk

    My reply is not original .If the countries which supply weapons to Egypt, Saudi Arabia Etc attached a tiny small request (stop the hate and antisemitism in schools and mosques)or else…. try to find a verse of tolerance ,try to be greatful to the hands helping you.Human right organization is a nice name with impotent action and reaction.

  • Niall

    The author’s claim is demonstrably false, as I was able to demonstrate by 20 seconds of searching on HRW’s website. If the author would like me to tutor him on how to use the “search” function or Google, I’ll be happy to make myself available.

    • Two or three URLs as a reply here would do just fine, thanks! Looking forward to it!

    • Wow, does it take over five days to show the results of a 20-second Google search?

      Surely a person with your mad searching skillz wouldn’t have forgotten to put the quote marks around the phrases you were searching for, would you?

  • zaba

    Publicizing the issue is necessary for ridding the Muslim world of their hate –

    Please send this everywhere!

    A veritable ‘nutshell’piece. Thanks Elder!

  • BEWARE of Islam – Nasim Ben Iman, Apostate from Islam in Germany warns the West DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  • ArmyAviator

    “Human Rights” groups never criticize Muslim anti-Semitism for one easy to understand reason: “Human Rights” groups are Liberal Socialists and SOCIALISTS HATE JEWS!

  • Recently, a Pakistani religious leader, Pirzada Muhammad Raza Saqib Mustafai, said: “When the Jews are wiped out … the sun of peace [will] begin to rise on the entire world.” The same preaching is routinely done not only by clerics, but by politicians — in Iran, Saudi Arabia , Egypt , and elsewhere.

    This is not just Ahmedinijad; it is at the heart of Islamic theology that world peace will be established only when all the Jews are wiped from the earth. But few people in Western media are alarmed by this kind of rhetoric or care to expose this dreadful dark side of Islam’s obsession with Jew-hatred.

  • joe

    Excellent article. I believe that most human rights organizations are blind sided by Western Liberal guilt. So they don’t want to recognize that people in third world countries are also capable of bigoted thinking.

  • Shareef Abdul-Kareem

    Why are Human Rights Organizations Silent About Arab and Muslim Anti-Semitism? For the same reason that they have been silent on the history of the enslavement Africans by the Arabs and Arab Muslims. The truth seems to be buried when it comes to appeasing the Arabs and being mindful of their possession of oil. However the days of oil as a source of energy are numbered.
    Let your voices continue to be heard.

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    I had cause to refer to an Amnesty International Document, referring to ‘War Crimes against Women’ dated August 2007.

    The document did not specify role of Russian Muslims, either in Africa or Afghanistan. When one refers to such documents, one expects to be informed of all the facts. Special Russian forces engaged in Afghanistan during 85/89 were largely USSR Muslim.

    In my view Islam’s hate of Judaism is jealousy. Large parts of Islamic law is distorted older Judaic law. Islam is likened to the Third Reich (to whom Islam allied itself in WWII)wishing to destroy every mind, ingenious research and technology other than its own, though has no qualms about stealing before killing?

    Until bodies like Amnesty International, the UN etc etc recognize atrocities and disorder, Islam is bent on waging against the rest of us, peace in Israel,along with anti-Semitism will continue.

  • omul

    “It is endemic. But worse than that, the hatred is mass produced.”

    Surely you meant pandemic or epidemic. Endemic means quite the opposit – with occurence extremely limited to one place.

    • ricardo

      endemic means that it is so entrenched that it is like a part of the local flora. While it generally refers to a particular region, in this use it refers to a particular population and the fact that it is so much a part of that culture as to be considered normal.

  • GermanAtheist

    Brilliant analysis!
    Sharing this!

  • Nina

    The reason why HRW or other watchers never condemn arabs is the new religion based upon CULTURAL RELATIVISM.

    What they fight against in all societys in the world CAN’T be fought in the arab world because it’s to deep inside their behavior and religious dogma.

  • no b.s.

    great article. sadly needed.
    not just human rights orgs but all governments and peoples must stand up and shout “never again” to islamic, arab jew-hate. it was this jihadi hate that slaughtered 1.5 millioni armenians. and this genocide motivated the nazis to mass murder the jews. never again is now!!!

  • Simple, The World’s Human Rights Organization are Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel.

  • Reuven

    Don’t hold your breath about these so-called “human rights” groups condemning Muslim and Aran anti-Semitism. These groups are anti-Semitic themselves! They are very much a part of the New Anti-Semitism.

  • Most these socalled human rights groups are far left and antisemetic to the core. The next time they care jews( who are not antisemetic jews)will be the first time.

  • Fred

    There should be no surprise the western so called “Human Rights Organisation ” are besotted by Arab monies. Bias & prejudices abounds this organisation. The tittle may mean something but the organisation is not neutral except when convenient else it is in itself riddled with anti-Semitic views and pro Arab stanza. One has to read their articles. So to me it has became not the noble vehicle to defend human rights everywhere but a vehicle for Arab propaganda and nacked anti semitisimus.

  • If someone is beaten on account of his brother, it’s rational that the brother would remain silent, otherwise he would be accused by the bully and the victim.
    Likewise, Edom (the Western civilization) remains silent when Jews are beaten on Edom’s account, otherwise Jews would not serve as shields for Edom anymore.

  • Anthony Dayton

    Just to let you know you’re not alone. Great name for the blog authorship by the way.

    This is the conclusion of a letter I sent to my local newspaper today in response to the news about Prof. Hawkins. Thought you might enjoy it:

    What would he make of this remark by Jibril Rajoub, Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, who, apparently not content with the results of the BDS movement, not even with its current success, is reported to have told Palestinian Media Watch, “I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning.” The thinking of such people like Jibril Rajoub which is also reflected in the words of the current Iranian president, is exactly why Israel and all those countries who find the thought of one nation obliterating another with nuclear weapons, cannot let Iran possess nuclear weapons.
    Someone should tell Professor Hawkins that BDS isn’t meant to create justice and a second state for the Palestinian people. It is meant to annihilate Israel and the Jewish people. BDS for those who now chortle at their acquisition of Professor Hawkins to their ranks, stands for Bomb, Destroy, Sear.

  • JB Silver

    Wonderful article about a very serious topic.