As Egyptian President Visits U.S., ADL Issues Report on Anti-Semitism in Egypt

April 8, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

On April 8, 2004 the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, "On the eve of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's scheduled meeting with President George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a new report exposing the use of anti-Semitic caricatures, stereotypes and images in Egypt's media and wider society. 'Anti-Semitism remains deeply ingrained in Egyptian society and continues to be a destabilizing force in the Middle East,' said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and author of 'Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism.' 'In Egypt, anti-Semitism remains virtually unchallenged by government leaders while mainstream publications give voice to the most vicious anti-Semitic caricatures and canards imaginable.' ADL has shared its report with key members of the Bush Administration and members of Congress who serve in leadership roles dealing with foreign affairs and Middle East policy. According to the report, 'Anti-Semitism in Egypt: Media and Society,' articles and caricatures in the Egyptian media routinely feature anti-Semitic depictions of Jews as stooped, hook-hosed, money-hungry and conspiratorial.  Israeli leaders are depicted as Nazis.  Articles deny or diminish the Holocaust.  Anti-Israel and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories frequently surface, with references to the infamous anti-Semitic forgery 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' and modern incarnations of the medieval blood-libel charge."