A cartoon from this week’s Al-Ahram: always claiming the role of victim, never acknowledging any responsibility
MEMRI has a lengthy and illuminating report about the anti-American and anti-Semitic slant of Egypt’s government paper Al-Ahram. (Thanks to Kevin.)
Al-Ahram newspapers are controlled by the Egyptian government and edited by the government-appointed Ibrahim Nafi’, who also serves aschairman of the Arab Journalists Association.
Following a MEMRI dispatch from an October 10, 2000 issue of Al-Ahram based on a centuries-old blood libel, according to which Jews used the blood of a priest in Damascus to make Passover matzoh, the French Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et L’antisÃ©mitisme (LICRA) filed a complaint against Nafi’ for incitement to racial hatred. He was subpoenaed to appear before a French court, but was excused for alleged medical conditions. …
Read the whole thing. Here is a particularly egregious excerpt:
Dr. Gamal ‘Ali Zahran, head of the political science department at Suez Canal University, wrote in Al-Ahram shortly after September 11th: “At the WTC, thousands of Jews worked in finance and the stock market, but none of them were there on the day of the incident. Out of 6,000 killed, of 65 nationalities from 60 countries, not one was a Jew!” Dr. Zahran later wrote: “There were many rumors, and open publicity, that the Jews, who were huge stockholders in the airlines and insurance companies, sold their stocks at the highest possible prices some 10 days before the attacks on America. After the stock market began functioning again, on September 17 … the Jews competed amongst themselves to buy [these] stocks at the lowest possible prices, or waited until the stocks reached their minimal value and then acquired them, for tremendous profits. There is no doubt that this can expose their involvement in the crime. This demands covert investigation by U.S. government bodies far from the official investigative bodies.”
Columnist Muhammad Abd Al-Fattah Muhsin also wrote in Al-Ahram blaming Israel for September 11: “Israel, and the Jewish lobby behind it, have managed to drag American society into launching a hate campaign against Arabs and Muslims, after they pinned the blame for terrorism on them. They have depicted the Arabs and Muslims as the ones behind the tragic events of ‘Black Tuesday.’ Yet if we browse through the pages of history, we find obvious clues [indicating] that terrorism is originally ‘made in Israel’…”
A comprehensive article also appeared in Al-Ahram by Ahmad Abu Zayid, titled ‘The Jews are Behind the Explosions in America.’ In it Abu Zayid counted 14 “pieces of evidence” in support of the theory that Israel and the Mossad were involved in the September 11th attacks, and cites other examples which appeared in Al-Ahram as evidence.