Freedom of (Anti-Semitic) Expression

The Egyptian daily identifies what many Egyptians see as the source of the campaign against the television series, which, it will be recalled, portrays an international Jewish conspiracy, as ?spokesmen of Zionist propaganda in Israel and in countries that support it...? The editorial emphasizes, ?This campaign orchestrated by Israeli newspapers and the American media which are close to them is par

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Both Israel and the United States have blasted the month-long series ?Horseman Without a Horse?, which is being broadcast during the month of Ramadan, for being anti-Semitic. The series, which started Wednesday, portrays an Egyptian discovering the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Czarist forgery purporting to record the meetings of a Jewish cabal bent on taking over the world. The series opened to a scene of ?Palestine, 1948? with the following voice over: ?The Zionists bought the world?s conscience with money... There was a major conspiracy? People do not know the secrets.? This is the second year in a row that an Arab broadcast has chosen to show a serialized program promoting the Protocols as an authentic Jewish tract.

In reaction to the condemnation and calls to pull ?Horseman? from Egyptian state television, Egyptian media and government officials have defended the series and Egypt?s ?freedom of expression.? Egyptian Information Minister Safwat al-Sherif reacted to the criticism by claiming that the series contained nothing anti-Semitic and claiming that the Egyptian government rejected attacks on religion. Exemplifying the Egyptian reaction, the editor-in-chief of al-Akhbar, a prominent government daily newspaper, accused the Western countries of ?intellectual terrorism.? The al-Akhbar editor wrote, ?Freedom of expression and artistic creation is a pillar of democracy which the United States and Western countries boast of and to submit an artistic or literary production to intellectual terrorism is a violation of the basic rules of democracy.? The editorial condemned the criticism as an attempt to ?remove our right to express our opinions.?

The Egyptian daily identifies what many Egyptians see as the source of the campaign against the television series, which, it will be recalled, portrays an international Jewish conspiracy, as ?spokesmen of Zionist propaganda in Israel and in countries that support it...? The editorial emphasizes, ?This campaign orchestrated by Israeli newspapers and the American media which are close to them is part of Israel's and its allies provocative practices against the world and against the Arabs.?




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