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Anti-Semitic Imagery at Egypt Protests Draws Yawns from Western Media

Whether or not it represents the advent of freedom for Egyptians, the current protest movement clearly represents the advent of the total banalization of anti-Semitism in the Western media. (Also read Bruce Bawer at the Tatler: "CNN: See no evil")

John Rosenthal


February 2, 2011 - 9:36 am
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Careful observers of media coverage of the protests in Egypt will have noticed a certain symbol turning up in the protests again and again — typically scrawled on a photo or caricature of Hosni Mubarak. The symbol in question is, namely, the Star of David. In a post for the Weekly Standard blog, I commented yesterday on the appearance of the below caricature on the front page of the German daily Die Welt.

The caricature was clearly visible in the background of a larger photo showing an Egyptian soldier being carried triumphantly on a protestor’s shoulders.

Neither the accompanying article nor the caption to the photo made any reference to anti-Semitic and/or “anti-Zionist” sentiment among the protestors.

But it is not only Germany’s Die Welt that has managed the unusual feat of documenting, but not seeing the evidence of anti-Semitism amidst the protests in Egypt. Here some further examples of the same motif, depicting Hosni Mubarak with a Star of David scrawled on his forehead or over his face. The implication that Mubarak is a stooge of Israel and/or “the Jews” is obvious.

(Reuters photo; source: Die Zeit)

(video still; source: MSNBC)

(AP photo; source: The Daily Beast)

(unattributed image; source: Politically Incorrect blog)

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