BLAME THE JEWS
The new Swine Flu epidemic, originated in the countryside of central Mexico about two months ago, is a wonderful opportunity for radical Islamists, just as other anti-Semitic movements did so many times in the past, to blame the Jews and “world Zionism”, once again, of whatever is harming the worlds’ population.
Such events as The 9/11, the spread of AIDS and the recent economic crisis are blamed on the Jews in order to fan anti-Jewish sentiments and nurture the anti-Semitic myth of the Jews being the root of all evil. Arab and Muslim media have, occasionally, referred to the Jews as a “black, dirty germ”, “anthrax virus”, and “AIDS-like virus”. For Hamas, Egypt 's Muslims Brotherhood, Iran , and Arab cartoonists the spread of Swine Flu and the panic it caused was yet another opportunity to associate the disease with Jews and the Zionist movement in order to incite hatred against the Jewish people and to delegitimize the State of Israel.
In an article published, on 04/27/2009, by Canadian economist Michel Chossudovsky in the San Francisco Business Times, he claimed that there was a link between the massive publicity in the media of Swine Flu and commercial interests of the American drug industry to push up the value of its shares in the stock market.
Iran's Fars News Agency reported about the article on the front page, on 05/03/2009, titled: “Behind the scenes of a political flu: the exorbitant profits of Swine Flu for [Donald] Rumsfeld and “Gilead Sciences”. The news agency made sure to emphasize the “Jewish connection” behind the American company. “Gilead”, the report said, “is a Hebrew name associated with a sacred Jewish mountain in the Middle East”. (There are indeed biblical “Gilead Mountains” in nowadays Northern Jordan but they never were sacred).
A video sharing website of the relatively moderate Muslims Brotherhood published, on 04/30/2009, an anti-Semitic video titled “Swine flu or Jew flu”. The video attempts to associate Swine Flu with the Jews.
An article by Palestinian writer Sami al-Akhras, which appeared on an Arab website called “Al-Tajdid al-Arabi” (The Arab Innovation), on 05/01/2009, said as follows: “We [Arabs] have no pigs among us except for the Israeli Jews… Their presence carries with it a flu which is more dangerous and powerful than the currently-spreading swine flu, and unfortunately, we have yet to find the serum which would stop the Jewish flu from spreading…”
On 05/06/2009, the Hamas organ “Felesteen” (Palestine) published an article, by Ka'inat Mahmoud Adwan, a Gaza Strip resident with an M.A. in Islamic Studies, titled “Allah's war against the plunderers… swine flu”. What is striking, the article said, is that Zionists began spreading the disease in [Western countries]… Those plunderers [Jews and Zionists] have declared war on Allah”.
The so called “Hate Industry” in the Muslim world is still working in full gear pushing aside any prospect of genuine peace with the Jewish sate, at least for the near future.
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