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Latest Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theory in Middle East Claims Muslim Brotherhood Secretly Allied With Jews

New York, NY, February 1, 2013 … Amid the protests and violence that have roiled Egypt in the past few days, a bizarre new anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish conspiracy theory has emerged claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood is tainted by a secret allegiance to Jews and Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said of this latest anti-Semitic conspiracy theory to emerge from the Middle East: “It would seem that no allegation made against Jews and Israel is too absurd when it is used to discredit others.”

Earlier today, protestors in Port Said, Egypt were shown in a television broadcast chanting “Khaibar, Khaiber, oh Jews, the Brothers (Muslim Brotherhood) are the Jews.” The slogan evokes an alleged Islamic story of a battle between the prophet Muhammad and the Jews in the town of Khaibar, but in this case the chant was altered to include an allusion to the Brotherhood.

Additionally, Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan, in his Twitter campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, has recently attempted to discredit the Brotherhood by alleging a nefarious allegiance to Israel and Jews.

“It would seem that no allegation made against the Jews and Israel is too absurd when it is used to stigmatize and discredit others in the Arab world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “However bizarre and ludicrous, it is an increasingly popular conspiracy theory that the Muslim Brotherhood is a Jewish production to destroy Egyptians.”

Khalfan, who holds the rank of Lieutenant General, serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Dubai and has more than 300,000 followers on his Twitter account, which he devotes primarily to criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood. Among other tweets suggesting a Muslim Brotherhood connection to Jews, he has re-tweeted a link to a YouTube video titled “The Jewish-Muslim Brotherhood alliance and the project of establishing Greater Israel.” The video accuses Jews of using the Brotherhood to achieve their goal of controlling Muslims and establishing a greater Israel.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which is Egypt’s largest and best organized religious, social and political movement, has a long history of articulating its historical and ideological opposition to the existence of the State of Israel and to the 1979 Camp David peace accord between the two countries, and Brotherhood leaders, including President Mohamed Morsi, have a long history of making anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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