In the aftermath of the Arab Spring in Egypt and recent violence along the Egyptian-Israeli border, some Egyptians are employing common anti-Semitic themes to demonize the Jewish people and assign them blame for recent conflicts, according to a recent report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
In one recent article published by the Egyptian government press, Ahmad Ghurab, a columnist for the government daily Al-Akhbar, resurrected the age-old anti-Semitic views espoused in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in portraying the widespread Arab uprisings as part of a Jewish plot for world domination.
"I would not be exaggerating if I said that the fitna [internal strife] and machinations taking place in the Arab countries are a literal translation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, especially the first, third, and fifth protocols, all of which focus on creating chaos and civil wars and on striving to forcefully corrupt rulers and peoples through money, power, and sex," wrote Ghurab in his article "The Satan of the Sons of Zion."
Ghurab pointed to recent publicized cases of Israeli espionage to support his assertions.
"[Attempts to implement these protocols] are clearly manifest in most of the espionage activities that have been exposed over recent years in many Arab and Islamic countries..." he noted.
Another article, written in the wake of the August 18 terrorist attack on the Egyptian-Israeli border echoed this distrust of Jews and called for not signing any agreements with "the descendants of apes and pigs."
"O Muslim community! For too long we have had faith in [our] agreements with the Jews. Does history not attest to their treachery?" wrote columnist Ibrahim Abu Kila in an August 23 article in the Egyptian daily Al-Gomhouriyya. "What the descendants of apes and pigs [did] on the border with the occupied Palestinian territories is not their last [act], since we still have mutual agreements, contracts, friendship [ties], and security [arrangements that will be violated] until the Day of Judgment."