MEMRI translates an article from Egyptian magazine El Kibar by Firnas Hafzi, a supposed expert on Hebrew who also writes about fashion, beauty and health.
The article breaks new ground in the classic Passover blood libel, recycling the historic medieval blood libels as fact and adding new accusations against Jews.
The article, along with illustrations from antisemitic and even Nazi sources, is online.
In another stage of the Passover celebrations, [the Jews] combined the preparation of matzas and the offering up of sacrifices with their enmity towards non-Jews, especially Christians, and mixed the blood of one of their victims into the matza [dough. This was done] especially on Passover, Purim and circumcision rituals. They also used blood in acts of sorcery and witchcraft…
…The draining of the victims’ blood is done in [several ways. One method is] by means of a barrel lined with needles. This is a barrel the size of the victim’s body, with sharp needles that stick into all his limbs when he is placed in it, so that his blood slowly trickles down from every part of his body. This entails excruciating torment, which gives pleasure to the Jews who become drunk with joy at the sight of the blood dripping from the victim’s [body] to the bottom of the barrel and into a container placed there to collect it. [Another method] is to slaughter the victim like a sheep and collecting his blood in a vessel, or else slashing the victim’s veins in numerous places so that the blood flows from the wounds into the vessels. Then the blood is handed to a rabbi who prepares a matza laced with human blood in order to please the Jewish god, Jehovah, who thirsts for blood.
The Jews can rejoice in their holidays only if they eat matza laced with the blood of non-Jews.
Based on this false [narrative] in the Torah and this barbaric behavior anchored in delusions, we can understand what motivates the Zionist leaders to kill Arab children in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once said, insolently, ‘whenever I hear of the birth of an Arab child I cannot sleep at night.’
…The Jewish crimes which came to light throughout history and which were investigated and tried are a drop in the ocean compared to the Jewish crimes that no one knows about. The thousands of children and others who vanish around the world are probably victims of Jewish rituals. Their blood surely lies in Jewish stomachs along with the holiday matzas.
The Jews have tried denying that they drain the blood of non-Jews and use it in their holiday matzas, and they continue to deny it. Rabbi Moussa Abu ‘Afia [one of the Jews implicated in the 1840 Damascus blood libel] converted to Islam during the investigation into the [murder] of Father Toma in order to escape punishment. He gave important testimony regarding the Talmud and the directions it contains that hint at crimes and barbarity.
As part of the efforts to deny [the Jewish crimes], Jewish Americans wrote stories about vampires in the 1970s, in order to disassociate themselves from the accusation of sucking human blood and deceive [the mechanisms of] justice. During that period they spent millions on Dracula films, in order to deceive world public opinion. They claimed that those who slaughter children and adults and suck their blood are lunatics and that all this has nothing to do with them and their religious rituals. On February 14, 1964, the [Egyptian] magazine Al-Musawwar published a story about vampires in Colombia after many [Colombian] children had been slaughtered to shed their blood. Neither the magazine nor the investigators in Colombia dreamed that the vampires might be Jews, rather than [people who] sell blood to hospitals.
Out of hundreds of millions of Arabs, I cannot find a single one denouncing these lies and incitement.
We know from past experience that such naked antisemitism in Arab media cannot be solved by merely publicizing it. Most Arabs are not even aware that there is anything offensive about describing Jews as murderous bloodsuckers.
However, a major advertiser for Al Kibar is Visa, with this ad popping up on most articles and shown on the main page:
I emailed to Visa’s media relations departments for Egypt (email@example.com) , the US (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Europe (email@example.com).
Dear sir or madam,
Visa Middle East is a major advertiser for Egypt’s El Kebar magazine. Every online article seems to pop up your ad for the FIFA World Cup promotion.
The current issue includes a sickeningly antisemitic article by Firnas Hafzi that calls Jews “vampires,” that claims that Jews kill Christian children to drink their blood and mix them with Passover matzah, and that the Dracula story was made up by Jews to deflect from people realizing that they are the ones who suck people’s blood.
And that is just the beginning.
The article is here, the translation is here. Your ad is linked from the front page of the El Kebar website and pops up when viewing this vile antisemitic article.
I would hope that now that you are aware that your brand is being associated with the most disgusting kinds of incitement, that you will not only drop all sponsorship of this magazine but also demand that El Kebar issue a strong apology for publishing this filth.
What do you plan to do about this, and when?
I am a news blogger with thousands of readers, and I am writing about this article and your sponsorship of it.
I look forward to your speedy reply.
I urge you to write to Visa as well.
Here is a chance to make a difference.
A 24-year-old Egyptian has been arrested by authorities in Egypt for allegedly committing the crime of “loving Israel.”
National media outlets in our neighbor to the southwest have already given the “suspect” the moniker “Israel-lover,” after he was spotted with a tattoo of the Star of David on his arm.
According to authorities, the man “made contact with Israelis through his Facebook page, and he clicked ‘like’ on the Mossad’s Facebook page.”
Authorities also allege that the man, who is currently unemployed, made contact with the Israeli and South Sudanese embassies in Cairo. He is also reported to have posted critical comments of the Egyptian government on his Facebook page.
While Israel and Egypt have had full diplomatic relations for 35 years, civilian contacts between Egyptians and Israelis are considered taboo in Egypt, the largest Arab country in the Middle East. In the first 30 years of Israel’s existence, it fought four large-scale wars with Egypt, two of which ended in decisive victory for Israel.
In his online contacts with Israelis, the Egyptian was said to have professed his admiration for the Jewish state. He is also believed to have attempted to reach Israel through Sudan.
Local media even reported on a list of items that authorities say “prove the suspect’s guilt”: a Hebrew-Arab dictionary, $100 US, rifle rounds, and four identity cards, each of which indicate that he worked in a different place. He also was found to have a business card belonging to the South Sudan embassy. On the back of the card, he wrote, “Israeli embassy.”
Authorities who investigated his Facebook page and his personal computer discovered that he clicked “like” on the Mossad’s page as well as that of the IDF Spokesperson and other Israeli pages. He was also found to have downloaded pictures of Israeli soldiers and officers as well as other figures waving the Israeli flag.
According to local media reports, the man admitted that “while he worked as a driver in a tourist resort in Sinai, he traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh in 2011, met an Israeli woman, and tried to enter Israel by way of local Beduin who work in smuggling infiltrators into Israel.”
Watching this video, I am at a loss to figure out exactly whom these terrorist thugs were protecting themselves from. Were they defending themselves from three-year-old Adele Biton, who was killed by Palestinian rock throwers? Or from five-month-old Yehuda Haim Shoham, also murdered by rock throwers? Maybe from Koby Mandell, 13, and Yosef Ishran 14, who were stoned to death and their bodies hidden in a cave covered by stones?
And you might want to have a chat with the Egyptian military.
If it’s guns and machinery that concern you, Israelis are also murdered by Palestinian guns and rockets. Of course, sometimes Palestinians are also “martyred” by their own weaponry in “work accidents”.
We also know that Hamas loves to launch rockets from highly populated areas, especially schools, mosques, and hospitals, using their own people as human shields so that when Israel is forced to fight back, Hamas can cry crocodile tears over the lives of their pawns.
Your defense of these psychotic murderers is sickening.
Code Pink, the Israel-hating uber-leftist organization, was planning a publicity stunt to try to get into Gaza for "International Women’s Day." Of course, they knew quite well that it was a stunt and there was very little chance that they would actually get into Gaza.
We will meet in Cairo on March 5. We will attempt to enter Gaza on March 6 and return from Gaza on March 12, 2014. Due to the political and security issues in Egypt, there are no guarantees that we will be able to get into Gaza. If we get to Gaza, we will spend our time meeting with women’s groups, human rights leaders, fisherfolk, farmers, UN representatives, youth activists and journalists. If we do not get into Gaza, we will make your time in Cairo very worthwhile.
(That webpage, by the way, was created using Israeli webpage software from WiX.)
Anti-Semitism is the sign of profound mental and social failure — and a harbinger of more failures and errors to come.
The prevalence of delusional conspiracy thinking at all levels of Egyptian intellectual and political life is a “tell” that points to important limits on Egypt’s potential for political, social and economic progress. Societies in thrall to this kind of darkness are unlikely to develop the vigorous, forward looking and competent civil societies that can promote true democracy. Societies whose intellectual leaders cannot understand how power works in the modern world are unlikely to adopt policies that bring rapid economic progress. Given the power of these ideas among prominent Muslim Brotherhood officials and leaders, it should have been clear to the Obama administration that whatever it was observing in Egypt, it was unlikely to be a “transition to democracy.” At best, the Egyptian revolution was always likely to be an interregnum between despotisms; at worst there is still a chance (hopefully small) that the country could fall into the kind of chaos and violence that has become much too common across the Middle East.
My Parents are refugees from Egypt. My entire family was exiled in 1949. Because they were Jewish, they were never given Egyptian citizenship — only residency.
When they were exiled, they were given a document allowing them a one-way trip out of Egypt. They were only permitted to take a suitcase weighing 20 kilos, (about 40 lbs), per person. They were forced to leave the rest of their belongings behind, including all assets.
Did my parents ever condemn Egypt? No!
Did my parents ever blame and condemn Islam? No!
Was I raised to hate Egypt and Muslims and to call on the death of all Egyptians? No!
Was I raised to carry revenge and martyrdom in my heart against all Egyptians and Muslims, until I am entrenched with hatred and rage rushing through my veins? No!
Do Egyptian Jewish refugees call on the destruction of Egypt? No!
Do Egyptian Jewish refugees swear on their life to overtake Egypt? No!
Do Egyptian Jewish refugees encourage their children to carry out terrorist attacks against Egyptians? No!
What is the deference between Jewish refugees from Arab/Muslim countries and local Arabs from Israel? The answer is, detachment, dignity and the strength and resilience to move on.
The tweet arrived last week from a respected journalist. It read: “18 Palestinians killed in #Syria chemical attack.”
I subsequently checked other mainstream news sources to see if there were comments on the story. One of the few was Ma’an, the Palestinian news agency, which put the number killed at 31.
How revealing, I thought. Had the tweet read “18 Palestinians killed in #Israeli chemical attack,” it would likely have been all over the news, and countless non-governmental groups would have rushed to the ramparts.
But if Israel isn’t involved, it seems, the killing of Palestinian civilians just doesn’t arouse interest, much less anger.
No, this is nothing new, but it is still noteworthy.
There have also been other Palestinian victims in the Syrian civil war, singled out for who they are and what side they’re on, and they’ve been made to pay a heavy price. The reaction from the pro-Palestinian camp? Silence.
Meanwhile, the new Egyptian government, opposed to Hamas rule, has made life difficult for Gaza residents by destroying tunnels between Egypt and Gaza and closing the border at Rafah for days at a time.
But here, too, there’s been no international outcry or protests. To the contrary, even as Israel continues to permit the daily flow of goods into Gaza, the pro-Palestinian lobby curses Israel, while remaining largely mum about Egypt.
Again, nothing new, perhaps, but still noteworthy.
Egyptian military reportedly levels 6,000 square meters (64,500 square feet) of olive groves, claiming terrorists used them for camouflage to launch attacks against Egyptian border guards, and to smuggle fuel, goods, weapons and drugs.
If you’re getting your news about Egypt from the mainstream media and the Obama Administration, you’re probably feeling sorry for the “peaceful demonstrators” of the Muslim Brotherhood—but there’s a different side to the story; one that the Egyptian anti-Islamist activists are eager to show.
“Egypt is feeling severe bitterness towards some Western media coverage that is biased to the Muslim Brotherhood and ignores shedding light on violent and terror acts that are perpetrated by the group … ,” the Egyptian State Information Service said in an official statement on August 17.
The statement details facts that the Western media is not covering, such as the “peaceful” protestors’ damaging of public and private property including the burning and destruction of churches, storming of and damage to police stations and blocking of roads.
Foreign extremists from the Palestinian territories, Syria and Pakistan have joined the Egyptian militants in committing these acts of violence.
“[V]ehicles have entered Ramsis square, in Cairo downtown, carrying masked elements carrying the black flag of Al-Qaeda along with automatic weapons amid celebrations by the Muslim Brotherhood elements who were present in the square,” the State Information Service said.
Egyptian police have arrested a duck that they fear was sent by Israel as a spy, Egypt’s Al-Ahram news agency reports.
The bird was spotted by a fisherman in the Nile River, in the Qena region, as it swam with other birds. The fisherman noticed that the bird had a device attached to its feathers, which he feared could be used to gather information.
A security official told Al-Ahram that experts are examining the device to see if it could have been used to gather intelligence.
The Cairo-based paper El-Fagr expressed concern that the bird may have been sent by Israel, “which previously spied on Saudi Arabia, Turkey and neighboring countries using trained birds of prey.”
Israeli officials confirmed that the eagle bore a tracking device, but explained that it was for the simple purpose of tracking the bird itself, as part of a study to ensure the safety of the rare species.
Other bizarre animal-related accusations have included an Egyptian official’s complaint that the Mossad released attack sharks into Egyptian waters, and Palestinian Authority claims regarding attack boars and anti-Arab rats.
It seems that being “unafraid” of criticizing Israel also often means being unafraid of singling out Israel and employing double standards. Lisa Goldman’s work offers some nice illustrations: as eager as she is to accuse Israel of racism under the flimsiest of pretexts, she is determined to overlook massive evidence of Arab and Muslim Jew-hatred. That’s how she could write in March 2012 that Jews shouldn’t worry about Egyptian “bigotry” because, while “one hears quite a lot of old-fashioned anti-Semitic talk in Egypt,” Goldman was convinced that “Jew hatred is a relatively new, imported phenomenon that has little history in Egypt and does not seem to run very deep.”Never mind that Egypt’s ancient Jewish communities were ethnically cleansed, never mind that antisemitic tropes are used to entertain the masses, never mind that Egypt’s Islamists – for whom Jew-hatred is an integral part of their ideology – had taken power.
One picture is worth 1000 words.
Look at the hypocrisy of those who enjoy the democracy of Israel, but shamelessly continue to spit into the well from which they are drink from.