ADL: In Aftermath of Cartoon Controversy, Demonization of Jews in Arab/Muslim Newspapers Increased

March 28, 2006

Source: TMCnet

On March 28, 2006 TMCnet reported, "In the weeks during and after the eruption of violent protests across the Muslim world in reaction to caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, the demonization of Jews in the Muslim and Arab press reached a fever pitch, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In the latest in its series of periodic reports on anti- Semitism in the Arab and Muslim press, the League has amassed more than two dozen examples of editorial cartoons appearing in newspapers from Bahrain to Damascus where Jews and Israelis are depicted using outrageous and deeply offensive anti-Semitic caricatures and themes, including anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of Jews plotting to control U.S. foreign policy and dominate the world. 'While the Muslim world acts out violently in response to the Mohammed cartoons and suggests that Western freedom of speech had gone too far, the plain fact is newspapers in the Muslim and Arab world continue to engage in vicious stereotyping of Jews,' said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. 'In fact, some newspapers used the controversy as an excuse to ramp up the use of caricatures featuring anti-Semitic stereotypes and Holocaust denial. Muslim and Arab leaders continue to have a blind spot, and a certain level of tolerance when it comes to the blatant anti- Semitism in their press,' added Foxman."