Update - April 7, 2014: Khaiber also won the Golden award at Cairo’s Arab Drama Festival on April 6. More than 60 TV shows were featured in the festival.
The anti-Semitic television series Khaiber, which dramatized the subjugation of Jews in Arabia in the 7th century, was recognized with a “Golden Award” at the 13th annual Gulf Radio and Television Festival hosted in Bahrain last week.
Dr. Samira Ebrahim Bin Rajab, Bahrain’s Minister of State for Media Affairs, presented the first place award to a representative of Echo Media Qatar, the company that produced Khaiber. The award was for best show produced by a private production company.
315 films, television and radio programs produced in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf were submitted to the festival. The slogan for this year’s festival was “Youth are the future of our media.” The festival is organized annually by the Persian Gulf Arab states to promote media cooperation and collaboration.
ADL first raised concern about Khaiber and its anti-Jewish themes in February 2013, immediately after reports from Qatar revealed the intention of Echo Media to produce the series and contract Yusri Al-Jindy to write the script for the series. Al-Jindy is known for his history of anti-Semitic writings. The show, which aired on several Arab television stations last summer, confirmed ADL’s concern by promoting various anti-Semitic themes.
By awarding one of the more high profile anti-Semitic productions last year, the festival and its hosts are sending a message that hatred is not only acceptable, but also worthy of recognition.