Arabic media teems with anti-Semitic images after Trump Jerusalem move

Muslim anti-Semitism has exploded at events and in the media following Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, new analysis shows. 

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News

Muslim anti-Semitism has emerged at anti-Israel rallies taking place globally and in Arabic language media in response to President Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem last week, according to a new analysis by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

There have been several serious incidents in Europe, including the firebombing of Jewish community sites in Sweden and hate-filled remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while several protests in the US have been marred by anti-Semitic chants and expressions as well, the ADL’s findings show.

Virulent anti-Israel protests were held in more than a dozen cities across the US last weekend. Many of the demonstrations were marked by extreme anti-Israel and anti-Zionist messages, with some denying Israel’s right to exist and others supporting violence.

In New York City, chants in Times Square of “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the Army of Muhammad will return,” recalled a seventh century battle that ended with the massacre of Jews.

The ADL voiced concern after a series of anti-Semitic caricatures appeared in Arabic language media across the Muslim and Arab world. An ADL survey of a dozen cartoons appearing in newspapers and websites across the Arab world shows that the Jerusalem decision is being characterized in deeply anti-Semitic terms.

The ADL has raised the issue of this most recent collection of anti-Semitic cartoons with members of Congress.

Muslims Promote Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories

ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt expressed concern that the expressions of anti-Semitism could escalate.

“While people have every right to voice opposition to President Trump’s position on Jerusalem, anti-Semitism as a response is completely unacceptable,” Greenblatt stated. “This is especially true of world leaders and those Arab media outlets that are aiding and abetting the incitement by evoking dangerous anti-Semitic themes and conspiracy theories.”

In the latest ADL survey, taken in the days following Trump’s historic announcement last week, viciously anti-Semitic cartoons have appeared in widely read Arab media publications in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.

Some of the cartoons suggested that Israel controls US foreign policy, depicting Trump as a puppet or pawn of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while others evoke classic anti-Semitic themes, with Jews stereotypically depicted with large noses, pointed teeth and large ears.

Several cartoons suggested that Israel and the US are conspiring to wrest control of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem away from Muslims.