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Al Jazeera in Hot Waters after Publishing Anti-Semitic Content

Politics

Hussein Nagah

Mon, 20 May 2019 04:49 GMT

A storm of anger grows against Al-Jazeera network, which is owned by the Qatari regime, after it published a video claiming the extent of the Holocaust was being misrepresented by Jews.

The network published anti-Semitic material on its AJ+ Arabic platform, while the English language platform interviewed a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor.

The storm of anger could lead to banning the news network on social media platforms, as the son of US President Donald Trump Jr called Facebook to take action and ban it.

Al-Jazeera tried to contain the anger and announced that it has suspended two journalists on Sunday over the video.

As reported AFP, the clip, posted by Al Jazeera's online AJ+ Arabic service, claimed "the narrative" that the Nazis killed six million Jews was "adopted by the Zionist movement".

Six million Jews were systematically killed by the Nazis during World War II.

Images of the persecution of European Jews living under Nazi rule, as well as photographs of those killed, were overlayed with narration asking "why is there a focus only on them?"

The video said that "along with others, the Jews faced a policy of systematic persecution which culminated in the Final Solution".

But the clip went on to suggest that because of the Jewish community's access to "financial resources (and) media institutions", it was able to "put a special spotlight" on the suffering of the Jews.

The Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement that: "The video content and accompanying posts were swiftly deleted by AJ+ senior management from all AJ+ pages and accounts on social media, as it contravened the network's editorial standards."

Yaser Bishr, the executive director of the digital division claimed that "Al Jazeera completely disowns the offensive content in question and reiterated that Al Jazeera would not tolerate such material".

The clip and social media posts, first published on May 18, were "swiftly deleted" by management, it added.

social media users were very angry against Al Jazeera, an activist called Julie Lenarz wrote: “This is the true face of Qatar’s Al Jazeera. Unabashed Holocaust revisionism and anti-Semitism on its Arabic channel.”

She added: “Don’t be fooled by AJ‘s polished facade for its gullible Western audience. AJ isn’t news, it’s state-controlled propaganda.”

For a long time, Al Jazeera broadcast anti-Semitic material and it has a daily significant anti-American content, according a report published by the Washington Times published in February.

The report said that the greatest problem with Al Jazeera is how, for a generation, it has mainstreamed and normalized an Islamist grievance narrative, which has served as sort of the mother’s milk for all sorts of Islamist movements.”

“Al Jazeera presents itself as progressive and left-wing, attacking these same nations efforts at reform as fake and inadequate. A re-branding in English as “AJ+” was further meant to obscure the Islamist-run network and to appeal to younger people in the West, with social media material in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Its ratings never took off, though”, the report added.

David Reaboi wrote in the report that Al Jazeera has ability to deliver and promote two very different messages to two audiences simultaneously. In its Arabic, Al Jazeera pushes a stream of vile, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and attempts to attract religious and extremist Muslims against attempts at positive, human rights reforms in Arab states. Meanwhile, in English platforms it presents itself as progressive and left-wing, attacking these same nations efforts at reform as fake and inadequate.

The report emphasises that, a re-branding in English as “AJ+” was further meant to obscure the Islamist-run network and to appeal to younger people in the West, with social media material in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Its ratings never took off, though.


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