One of the most shocking examples of Jew-hatred to come out of Egypt in recent weeks has been a famous Egyptian actor hitting a TV presenter because he thought she was a Jew.
Antisemitism is on the rise – in Iran the authorities are actively promoting Jew-hatred. In Egypt, the authorities are doing nothing to control it. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2012 Annual Report found:
Where the small remnant of a once sizeable Jewish community now consists of fewer than 100 people, “in 2011, material vilifying Jews with both historical and new anti-Semitic stereotypes continued to appear regularly in the state-controlled and semi-official media. This material includes anti-Semitic cartoons…comparisons of Israeli leaders to Hitler and the Nazis, and Holocaust denial literature. Egyptian authorities have not taken adequate steps to combat anti-Semitism in the media, despite official claims that they have advised journalists to avoid anti-Semitism.”
“Official policies promoting anti-Semitism have risen sharply in Iran, and members of the Jewish community have been targeted on the basis of real or perceived ties to Israel. President Ahmadinejad and other top political and clerical leaders have made public remarks during the reporting period actively denying the Holocaust and calling for the elimination of the State of Israel.”