Anti-Semitism in the Arab Press

On 4/29/2002 Al-Akhbar, an Egyptian government newspaper, published a vicious Anti-Semitic article. Called “"Accursed Forever and Ever”, this piece of writing not only denies the Holocaust, but also wishes that Hitler had finished his project of exterminating all Jews. The writer addresses Hitler and says “"If Only You Had Done It, Brother".

A co-worker of mine once asked me why we shouldn’t trust the Arabs and Muslims who hate Israel? The answer is simple: they have been brainwashed for years, and this article is a perfect example (see also this article)

I got this article from, a non-profit organization that translates articles from the Arab media in the Middle East. Here’s the full article on

Columnist for Egyptian Government Daily to Hitler:
"If Only You Had Done It, Brother"

The following are excerpts from an article by Fatma Abdallah Mahmoud titled "Accursed Forever and Ever," which recently appeared in the Egyptian government daily Al-Akhbar:

"They are accursed in heaven and on earth. They are accursed from the day the human race was created and from the day their mothers bore them. They are accursed also because they murdered the Prophets. They murdered the Prophet John the Baptist and served up his head on a golden platter to the singer and dancer Salome. Allah also cursed them with a thousand curses when they argued with and resisted his words of truth, deceived the Prophet Moses, and worshiped the golden calf that they created with their own hands!!"

"These accursed ones are a catastrophe for the human race. They are the virus of the generation, doomed to a life of humiliation and wretchedness until Judgement Day. They are also accursed because they repeatedly tried to murder the Prophet Muhammad. They threw a stone at him, but missed. Another time, they tried to mix poison in his food, but providence saved him from their treachery and their crimes. Allah cursed them when they carried out the criminal massacre of the peaceful Palestinians in Sabra and Shatilla."

"They are accursed, they, their fathers, and their forefathers... until Judgment Day, because they burst into Al-Aqsa Mosque with their defiled, filthy feet and violated its sanctity."

"Finally, they are accursed, fundamentally, because they are the plague of the generation and the bacterium of all time. Their history always was and always will be stained with treachery, falseness, and lying. Historical documents prove it."

"Thus, the Jews are accursed – the Jews of our time, those who preceded them and those who will come after them, if any Jews come after them."

"With regard to the fraud of the Holocaust... Many French studies have proven that this is no more than a fabrication, a lie, and a fraud!! That is, it is a 'scenario' the plot of which was carefully tailored, using several faked photos completely unconnected to the truth. Yes, it is a film, no more and no less. Hitler himself, whom they accuse of Nazism, is in my eyes no more than a modest 'pupil' in the world of murder and bloodshed. He is completely innocent of the charge of frying them in the hell of his false Holocaust!!"

"The entire matter, as many French and British scientists and researchers have proven, is nothing more than a huge Israeli plot aimed at extorting the German government in particular and the European countries in general. But I, personally and in light of this imaginary tale, complain to Hitler, even saying to him from the bottom of my heart, 'If only you had done it, brother, if only it had really happened, so that the world could sigh in relief [without] their evil and sin.'"

"Since their birth, the Jews [have amassed] hatred and hostility towards Islam and the Muslims. They have always laid traps for the Muslims, woven conspiracies and crimes against them, and been biased in favor of their enemies and occupiers..."

"They always try to warp and distort everything fair and beautiful!! Basically, they are a model of moral ugliness, debasement, and degradation. If only Allah would curse them more and more, to the end of all generations. Amen." (1)

(1) Al-Akhbar (Egypt), April 29, 2002

Posted by David Melle
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I have one question.
How Arabs can be anti-semit if Arabs themeselves are Semit?

Posted by: Yarub at July 31, 2002 04:03 AM


Your question comes up a lot - certain people try to deny the fact that anti-Semitism exists in the Arab world by coming up with some lame excuse in interpreting the English language.

You are right in saying that Arabs and Jews are Semites. But the article did not use the word "Semite" by itself, it used the word "anti-Semitism".

If you look up the definition for "anti-Semitism" in a dictionary - let's use for example - you'll get:

"an·ti-Sem·i·tism (nt-sm-tzm, nt-) n.
1. Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism.
2. Discrimination against Jews.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition"

Notice that it says hostility or prejudice AGAINST JEWS? The word and concept might be wrong, but I don't care: anti-semitism is hostility against Jews or Judaism and there is plenty of hate against Jews in the Arab world. There is anti-semitism in the Arab/Muslim world.

Your lame semantic excuse for denying that hate against Jews in the Arab world (anti-Semitism) even exists simply does not hold up.

Posted by: David Melle at July 31, 2002 09:18 AM

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