A nation so racist that the cinematic depiction of Jews is deemed a security risk


The most egregious example of bias against Israel demonstrated by the mainstream media is the dynamic by which they quickly frame events in the state in a manner consistent with the most unserious caricatures – narratives which impute the worst faith, the most malicious motivations, and often devoid of relevant context.

In such a journalistic paradigm, a street fight between Jewish and Arab teens becomes fodder for an ‘examination‘ of institutional Israeli racism, some Jewish soccer hooligans expressing bigotry towards Muslims suggests the urgent need that Israelis engage in national ‘soul-searching‘, a question of whether Ethiopian immigrants to Israel were provided enough information on a contraceptive injection morphs into a systemic attempt to reduce the black population; and the introduction of new bus lines to serve Palestinians who work in Israel is framed as an insidious form of segregation.

In all these examples, the prejudiced actions of a few Israelis, or policies which may have the effect of being injurious to minority groups in the state, are exploited by Israel’s critics to suggest a ‘dangerous lurch right’, or to suggest that there is something fundamentally wrong – immutable and beyond repair – with the state or indeed with the idea of Zionism itself.

When pro-Israel bloggers and advocates attempt to refute such charges by demonstrating racial diversity in Israel, mainstream acceptance towards sexual minorities, and other examples of the state’s liberal advantages, it is often portrayed as propaganda – a cynical attempt to ‘wash over its fundamental moral flaws.

If such hyper criticism of Israel by activists and journalists reflected a commitment to truly universal values, in which all people – and certainly all governments in the Middle East – were held to the same standard, such scrutiny would of course be justifiable.  However, coverage of the region by the MSM and especially the Guardian shows that even the most outrageous displays of Arab racism are unreported, dramatically downplayed, and rarely contextualized as indicating a national or regional pathos.

So, while the Guardian provided saturation coverage of the bigoted reaction by some football hooligans to the introduction of two Muslim players to the Beitar Jerusalem team, an Egyptian football match in which fans hung banners explicitly calling for anther Holocaust against Jews went unreported.

When some rabbis in Safed encouraged Jews not to rent property to Arabs (an act universally condemned by Israeli leaders), ‘Comment is Free’ published a piece characterizing the event as nothing short of an example of a rising tide of fascism.  However, news that the President of Egypt had called Jews ‘sons of apes and pigs‘ and called on the country to nurture their children on antisemitic hate was only mentioned in passing in Guardian reports about other topics – and wasn’t the subject of righteous condemnation by contributors or editors.

The most recent example of the Guardian downplaying a story about institutional racism in Egyptian society involves the country’s decision to ban a film about Egypt’s Jews on ‘national security’ grounds. The film, ‘Jews of Egypt‘, according to the director, attempts to document the history of the Jewish community in Egypt, and “to understand the change in the identity of the Egyptian society that turned from a society full of tolerance and acceptance of one another…into a society that rejects the others”

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The ancient Jewish community of Egypt, which totaled nearly 80,000 citizens in 1948, is now practically extinct – the result of state sponsored ethnic cleansing in the late 40s and early 50s which included the seizure of Jews’ assets and property, the revocation of their citizenship, arbitrary imprisonment, torture and pogroms.

Whilst the question of how the mere cinematic depiction of Egypt’s Jewish community could possibly represent a security threat is a staggering one, and what the film’s censorship’s portends for other minorities in the country a serious subject, the first indication that the Guardian will not be taking the broader implications of the ban seriously is that news of the decision was covered, not by their Middle East editor, or another political analyst, but by their film critic Ben Child.

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Child is out of his depth on the issue and the report fails to explore the most intuitive questions about what this official act of censorship implies about a nation evidently in complete denial about the fact that, due to state-sanctioned racist politics and official incitement over the course of little more than fifty years, they’ve eradicated a Jewish community which dated back to biblical times.

If Egyptians were held to the same moral standard as Israelis, critical, progressive minds would be demanding that Egyptians come to terms with their antisemitic history, that a national soul-searching is in order to account for racism so endemic that the President of the country can publicly lecture about the importance of passing down antisemitic values to the next generation of children and not the slightest national shame or outrage ensues.

As progressives won’t demand such a moral accounting of the ‘Egyptian soul’, nothing will change and nothing will be learned. The injurious effects of the hard bigotry of no expectations will continue to prevent a ‘Arab Spring’ worth its name from ever taking root.

98 comments on “A nation so racist that the cinematic depiction of Jews is deemed a security risk

    • So a few rotten apples in the barrel give a dog a bad name.
      Then how do you account for a systemic policy of ethnic cleansing of an indigenous Arab population uprooted and dispersed to make room another set of refugees who originate in Eastern Europe?

      • First: The Arabs are NOT indigenous to the area.
        Second: There were already jews in Jerusalem, Safed, Haifa and many other cities
        Third: The most jewish refugees after 1947 were NOT from Europe

        Can someone please block that antisemitic troll?

      • “a systemic policy of ethnic cleansing”?

        In which parallel universe?

        And you have no problem with the film being banned?

        Pathetic.

      • A systematic policy of ethnic cleansing of Jews and Arabization of Jewish assets we had in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Irak ,..
        Like the Nazis, old and new, you reverse the perpetrator-victim-relation.

        • You can never answer the specific accusation. Either we have the playground approach “Don’t look at what I’ve done wrong! Look at him he’s done much worse”! Or we get the “you disagree with me you must be a Nazi” response.Or a bit of both.Knees jerking like a pair of pistons! Answer the charge!

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          • Interesting that you, snotty, are attempting to berate Fritz of doing exactly what you were doing. It’s a most typical M.O. of anti-Semites.
            You’ve been outed, and it’s time you moved on.

            • Correction I don’t wear the uniform of the IDF. Cowards who imprison children and protect gangsters and war criminals.

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              • Your reverse tthinking, typical for an Anti-semite, reveals the truth. The IDF protects children and imprison Gangsters and war criminals like you.

          • Have you ever heard of splitting and paranoid projection? Ask your psychiatrist what they mean and show him/her copies of your replies here.

            Those, together with the consummate lack of insight and repetition of lies in the vain hope that if you write them often enough they will magically become true, mean that you are not quite the full shilling.

      • Oh come off it snotty.
        And how do you account for the ethnic cleansing of Jewish communities in Arab lands, dating before the inception of the state of Israel?

        What’s that? You can’t think about that, because it gives you brain-ache?

        That’d be the cognitive dissonance.

        • How long did it take you to work out the phrase “cognitive dissonance”? Answer the charge about Israel’s crimes and stop posturing as the exclusive victim!

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          • Who the f*** are you to accuse and demand? You are a nobody. A coward. A failure. A moron. Drop dead, snotty.

  1. The story about the Farhood is a story hardly anyone knows.
    Yet most state schools should not ignore this to touch the European injustices against the Jews on its expense.

  2. It is a security risk when your truth, your election platform, your school books and your portrayed past rely heavily on a lie.

    • I agree with all the praise given to this article. I hope it is more widely read than just on CifWatch. Any chance of submitting it to some sort of mainstream publication, Adam?

  3. boychik versus snotty:

    1. A population-ethnic exchange after 48/67 wars,
    2. Some Arabs were indigenous, some recent migrants. Similar for Jews.
    3. Today’s Israeli population majority Oriental. 100 years ago, majority were East European Jews going “home” to Palestine.

    Who has the better legal claim to the land?
    Israel must do more to refute Arab propaganda which claims the Jews “stole” a country called Palestine and that 5 million Arab refugees are stateless.

    • Usual ad-mixture of half-truths and myths.Since when would a Hungarian Jew from Budapest be “going home to Palestine”? Especially if it involved occupying a house recently vacated by and Arab family fleeing from the unsavoury attentions of the Irgun

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      • “Since when would a Hungarian Jew from Budapest be ‘going home to Palestine’? Especially if it involved occupying a house recently vacated by and Arab family fleeing from the unsavoury attentions of the Irgun”
        Usual ad-mixture of half-truths and myths.

      • Do you know of such a house cause Mr Abbas claim he lived in 3 different houses in Safed.

      • Shall we go house by house to check out the palestenian keys or are they plastic ones provided by UNRWA?

      • Since when would a Hungarian Jew from Budapest be “going home to Palestine”?
        I guess you are speaking about some of the remaining Jews from Budapest who survived your German comrades efforts to annihilate them in Auschwitz or your Hungarian comrades heroic acts shooting them into the Duna (Danube) with the full support and help of your kind. BTW these Hungarian Jews from Budapest were told unequivocally by your other European comrades “Jews get out, go to Palestine!”
        I understand that you don’t consider the Jews human beings with the right doing everything possible to save their lives, but you have to learn living with the (for you certainly very sad) fact that they did exactly this. Life is very tough sometimes Spratty for haters like yourself.
        Especially if it involved occupying a house recently vacated by and Arab family fleeing from the unsavoury attentions of the Irgun
        You somehow forgot about the much more massive and much more unsavory help of your Arab comrades, the leaders and the population of the neighboring Muslim countries and the much more significant quantity of houses vacated by Jews and now occupied by their gentile fellow countrymen. But I’m always for a fair exchange: The second when all Jews (and their descendants) who had to leave behind everything in Europe and in the Arab world will get the proper compensation I’ll be the first to insist to make it up to the Arab refugees for their abandoned properties.
        I saw some requests here demanding the site administration to ban you posting here but I think this would be a huge mistake. You are the best (may I say textbook) example of today’s Jew haters who under the pretense for fighting for the Palestinians’ rights want to finish off your ancestors work creating a Jew-free world. I have to acknowledge that your fellow travelers’ attempt was almost fully successful but the keyword here is “almost”. Tough luck Spratty. Continuing your ancestors’ work would be much more risky nowadays thanks to the existence, strength and huge success of Israel so your options are limited to spit your pathetic hate on the net. I could suggest you some very interesting neo-Nazi stuff on the website of the third biggest party of Hungary saying exactly what you are saying using exactly the same rhetoric but they are published mostly in Hungarian. A pity you would like them very much.

        • If your so worried about the situation in Hungary why don’t you do something about it? You could send in the IDF! But maybe not cos they shot their bolt in the Lebanon in 2006!

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          • I’m happy to see you losing your remaining marbles spratty. Why should I worry about the situation in Hungary?! I’m living thousands of miles from there and it is in your backyard not mine. Why should the IDF intervene in the self-destroying of Hungary?! They are doing it themselves pretty effectively with your Nazi dudes in the Parliament.
            But maybe not cos they shot their bolt in the Lebanon in 2006!
            Could be so, maybe this is the reason that after their heavenly victory the Fuhrer of your Hizballon comrades can’t leave his bunker and is forced to limit his activities to slaughter Syrian civilians.

    • What Mr Levick is blind to is that the actions of Israel single it out for special treatment. This self-declared beacon of democracy kills Palestinians daily,sometimes weekly but incessantly day after day,week after week,year after year.It destroys property,maims and disables thousands of civilians with no sign of remorse,regret or compensation. No other” beacon of democracy” behaves in this way! To give but one example.As a result of Israel’s incursion into Gaza in November 2012,33 children perished. If the armed forces of the UK had committed such acts,the public outcry would be deafening ,so much so that the future of the present Government would be in doubt. That was not the case in Israel in November.

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      • Why don’t you move to Gaza? Go now. Go make love to your palestinian heroes. Join a Salafist gang. Move your fat arse and do something.

      • This self-declared beacon of democracy kills Palestinians daily,sometimes weekly but incessantly day after day,week after week,year after year.
        Yes spratty it is naturally that you mourn Jew-killers prevented to kill more of us.
        …It destroys property,maims and disables thousands of civilians with no sign of remorse,regret or compensation.
        Why should we regret, feel remorse or compensate those who want to eliminate us? Very good that they are not among us anymore.
        To give but one example.As a result of Israel’s incursion into Gaza in November 2012,33 children perished.
        Apart from the fact that tere was no incursion into Gaza in November 2012 it must be a very good example. The death of thw children is the direct consequence of the actions of your Hamas comrades.
        If the armed forces of the UK had committed such acts,the public outcry would be deafening…
        But of course. Like the mass demonstrations on the streets of London after the killing of tens of thousands of civilians in Dresden in 1945, or the public outcry during the mass killings and deportations implemented by British forces during the Mau-Mau uprising in the fifties not speaking about the everyday pickets against killing of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan – thusands of miles from the UK.
        Why I’m not surprised that the Sprattyville like Jew-haters are the dumbest and most ignorant assholes among the British population?

        • What part of the phrase “present day” do you not understand? Israel is committing atrocities TODAY! Atrocities which would not be tolerated or condoned in any part of Western Europe.You are still wallowing in the guilt and over-bearing self-pity of the past.It’s time to move on,recognise that Zionism is a busted flush and sit down and talk to your so-called enemies.

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          • Atrocities which would not be tolerated or condoned in any part of Western Europe.
            Like killing the Iraqi and Afghan, Libyan and Mali population thousands of miles from Europe?
            You are still wallowing in the guilt…
            What guilt spratty? The sins of your ancestors and ideological predecessors should make me feel any guilt?!
            …and over-bearing self-pity of the past
            Self-pity?! Why should I feel any self-pity?! I’m a free citizen of one of the most successful, democratic, liberal, strong, secure and economically flourishing country of the world. Our success is one of the reasons that your kind of losers hate us.
            …recognise that Zionism is a busted flush…
            Zionism would be unnecessary a long time ago, what makes it very relevant is the existence of vicious anti-semitism (on this page it is represented by you) and the Arab/Muslim world inability to accept our existence in Israel.
            …and sit down and talk to your so-called enemies
            We did it many times as everybody who is not blinded by hate knows very well. All of these attempts to peaceful solutions met with suicide-bombings, Katyushas, Grads and Quassams. Until they won’t be able to accept our existence and use violence against us they can sit with you only, this will help them very much.
            And BTW why are they our so-called enemies? The so-called Hamas terror? The so called suicide attacks? The so-called rockets? The so-called hanging of gays and so-called stoning of adulterers?

            • Peter, I wish I could give this comment 100 stars!

              Why should I feel any self-pity?! I’m a free citizen of one of the most successful, democratic, liberal, strong, secure and economically flourishing country of the world.
              Yes!!!! So am I, and proud of it.

              Plus ^5 for everything else you said.

            • You appear to hate Arabs almost as much as you hate yourself. But the thing you hate the most is the awful truth about your wonderful “liberal democracy” that tries to make a virtue out of racism and brutality towards the weak and helpless.

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              • He’s good for a laugh, isn’t he?

                Israel displays “racism and brutality towards the weak and helpless”–which is why it treated those Syrians a few weeks ago, why it regularly treats Palestinians in its hospitals (and why, in the bad old days of regular suicide and other bombings, if the bomber didn’t quite manage to kill himself then he’d be treated in hospital along with the victims of his murderous attempts–in fact, since it worked on a strictly triage basis and he would be among the most seriously injured, he got treated AHEAD OF victims).

                Plus all Israel’s aid missions around the world–emergency, medical, agricultural.

                Uh-huh, quite the racist brute. The world could do with a few more just like it.

              • In other words spratty you lost. But I’m really grateful for your extremely professional evaluation of my emotional state.
                Anyway thank you for acknowledging that you are weak and helpless. I’m not sure about helplessness, there is no organization in your country helping mentally challenged psychopathic haters? You should check it urgently…

      • “What Mr Levick is blind to is that the actions of Israel single it out for special treatment. ”
        No, snotty. It’s the composition of the majority of its population that singles Israel out for “special treatment.” Your overwrought description of the “plight” of the Palestinians is the proof in the pudding and another example of more “special treatment.”

        “No other ‘beacon of democracy’ behaves in this way! To give but one example.As a result of Israel’s incursion into Gaza in November 2012,33 children perished.”

        You can’t be serious.

        “If the armed forces of the UK had committed such acts,the public outcry would be deafening ,so much so that the future of the present Government would be in doubt. ”
        The armed forces of the UK has committed such acts, and on a much grander scale, and its people cheered.
        Go read some books. Spend some time at the library. Moron.

        • It seems you’re incapable of engaging with the present.Your limited knowledge of history probably extends to the grand old days of the “Empire” when COLONIAL Britain abused and murdered the NATIVES with little or no comeback. Today’s COLONIAL bully-boy is Israel and you just can’t get your head round the fact that the world has moved on .It’s no longer cool or hip to massacre piccaninies. Except in Israel.The last two systems of government which tried to maintain the supremacy of one race over all others couldn’t hack it and went the same way as all bully-boys do.Why? Because the mask eventually slips and the World wakes up to what is actually going on! Good luck! You will need it!

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          • Your antisemitic projection is almost classic, spratty; I agree 100% with Peter on that. You come here to accuse Israel of ‘colonial-style murdering’ and you even dared use the word ‘piccaninies’ – apparently unaware of the fact that such empty baseless accusations say a lot about your own state of mind.

            Here’s a challenge for you: show us how Israel is ‘colonialist’. ( I don’t mean the settlements ) and prove to us that Israel commits atrocities daily.
            You seem to be unaware that Britain and France are today or were very recently killing innocent civilians daily in far-off places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya – and the list goes on ( Syria is just around the corner ) – but the public outcry is not forthcoming. What a surprise!

            • What a challenge! But not the settlements? What a dead giveaway that is! Buried beneath the myths and legends attached to the “birth” of Israel is a nasty little COLONIAL enterprise which was given a shot in the arm by a Mr Balfour and most of the then British Cabinet. This declaration which “awarded” a “homeland” to the Jewish People was dispenced by the leading COLONIAL power of the day. This was a copybook example of a COLONIAL carve-up where the “NATIVES” were dispossessed by a European elite. Modern-day Israel represents the last and strangest of the family of European colonial outposts.

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              • So, you are ok with non-European COLONIAL outposts? Like basically all muslim countries, created through war, rape, pillage, slavery and wholesale murder from a tribe of arabian peninsula. You should return your country to the Italians.

              • You don’t deserve any more of my time, but since you obviously failed to understand that Israel is not a ‘colonial enterprise’, I guess you still need to be educated.

                Please look up the history of the San Remo Resolution which was voted for by the League of Nations in 1920. According to this, Britain was empowered to set up and administer Palestine. The Jewish National Home – soon to become Israel – was certainly no colony of Britain – and received full international recognition, in 1922 and in 1947. You might learn that the local Arabs received a generous 75% of existing Palestine which became the Emirate of Transjordan – and later, the Kingdom of Jordan.

                Settlements on empty, unallocated, disputed land on the ‘West Bank’ are not ‘colonialist’ at all.

          • What can I say, snotty, your latest screed is ignorant and/or deceitful from beginning to end. Besides the fact that I completely disagree with most everything you said, you reveal a double standard that goes to the heart of your sick obsession. The world has not moved on. And in many circles it’s going backwards. You’re unclear about what you mean by “races,” but the attributes you try to impart to Israel are indicative of many regimes currently in the world (especially in the M.E.), and in good standing at the UN. Israel is not one such country.
            “It’s no longer cool or hip to massacre piccaninies. Except in Israel.”
            This is insane stuff, snotty. Israel isn’t going around massacring
            black children whom you use an offensive word to describe.
            There’s a word that describes people who ignore the world as it is and obsess over conspiracy theories about Jews being at the root of the world’s problems – they’re called anti-Semites. There seem to be many of them around, especially in the M.E. and certain western “progressive” circles. No, the world has not moved on.
            I find that many of today’s “bully boys” spend their time slandering and vilifying a tiny democracy called Israel for the purpose of ordering it about and trying to destroy it.
            If you’re looking for governments which codify the inferior status of minorities under law, it’s high time you looked at the countries surrounding tiny Israel, not Israel itself.
            That’s it. We’re done. Your nonsense is hardly worth the effort to answer.

            • Phew! Does go on a bit though. Just in case you didn’t understand, the use of the word “picaninnie” was an example of “irony” in respect of the racist vitriol which is daily out-pouring on to the streets of south Tel Aviv. But ,of course,such things don’t really happen on the streets of a “liberal democracy”.Do they? Not surprising in a country where the superiority of one race is guaranteed de jure and de facto! Of course your right that Israel does not go around “massacring” black children.That would be too “offensive”! Nevertheless,it does keep itself busy “massacring” Palestinain children instead! Which is where I came in because it doesn’t matter what other crimes are committed in the ME ,Israel is culpable for its own actions and answerable to some sort of moral code.”Moral”,being a word we never see posted in this neck of the woods.

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          • BTW, basically all ME countries should then be dismantled as they are either colonial outposts of natives of arabian peninsula, or we’re created by European powers. Your fixation on Israel has only one explanation: anti-Semitism, pure and simple.

            So, shut up, nazi troll.

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  5. “..As progressives won’t demand such a moral accounting of the ‘Egyptian soul’, nothing will change and nothing will be learned…”

    Of course not. Why should the same high standards be required from Muslims towards others as from Jews? They are guilty as sin of the racism of lowered expectations from followers of a belief system which has offence-taking as its default value and such little insight that it cannot, dare not realise that it gives offence and should be held to far higher standards than it is held to.

    It is high time we held the supporters and fellow travellers of this craziness to account, as well as the purveyors of violence and incitement.

  6. Great article Adam. The depth of hatred for Jews across the Arab states never fails to astonish me.

    Shame about the troll – what a waste of energy.

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