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December 13, 2013 10:13 am

Wiesenthal Center Calls for Najwa Karam to be Fired From ‘Arabs Got Talent’ Show

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Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), called for popular Arab singer, Najwa Karam, to be fired from her position as a judge on the ‘Arabs’ Got Talent’ television show.

The call comes following the revelation on Thursday that entertainment mogul Simon Cowell’s Syco television empire which created and licenses the ‘Got Talent’ show format, is investigating comments made by Karam last year in which she praised Adolf Hitler.

“She should be fired and everyone in the Arab world should know why,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of SWC said. “Veneration of what the Nazis did is widespread in that part of the world. It is shorthand for hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”

In June 2012, appearing on the Arabic-language interview program ‘Talk of the Town,’ Karam, who has sold 50 million records, was asked to choose attributes from six famous men to create the “ideal man.” The first idea to pop into her head was Hitler’s “persuasive” speaking ability.

Shortly thereafter she was dropped as the Arab face of cosmetic giant L’Oreal. However, she retained her prominent position on the ‘Arabs’ Got Talent’ show.

According to the UK’s Jewish News, recording of the current series is complete and no decision has been taken yet on a judging panel for next year. The 2013 season final aired last Saturday.

On the show’s website, and that of host channel MBC 4, Karam is still listed as a judge.

“Lebanese singer Najwa Karam’s remarks about Hitler’s oratory skills are chilling.  At best, this is abysmal ignorance.  At worst, it is insensitivity bordering on Holocaust trivialization,” Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, said about Karam’s comments in an email to The Algemeiner.

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