Ahl-e-Bait TV, a San Diego-based Islamist satellite station fixated on attacking mainstream Sunni Islam, has been promoting conspiracies that include anti-Semitic allegations of a Sunni-Jewish alliance.
Ahl-e-Bait TV, the only satellite station of its kind based in the U.S., is available through multiple satellite providers around the world. The station, reportedly founded in 2009, has seen its popularity grow in the Arab and Muslim world as a result of its provocative messages, which can be accessed through multiple online platforms as well.
The bulk of the station’s broadcast features live discussions between callers from the Muslim and Arab world and the California-based Sheik Hassan Allahyari, a Shi’a cleric originally from Afghanistan whose religious views and public criticism of prominent Muslim figures has increased his profile in the Muslim world in recent years.
In an episode that was posted online on December 13, 2013, Allahyari accused one of the most revered Sunni figures, the second Muslim Caliph, Umar ibn Al-Khattab, of supporting Jews. Allahyari said, “This man [Umar ibn Al-Khattab] deeply loves the Jewish narratives and the satirical religious stories and heretical lies which Jews claim about several of God’s prophets, such as Joseph, Lot and Abraham.” Allahyari also suggested that ibn Al-Khattab loves “the falsified Torah” and that he was married to a Jewish genie.
In a live discussion in November with a caller from Algeria about ibn Al-Khattab’s decision to allow Jews to remain in their homes following the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem, Allahyari accused ibn Al-Khattab of “serving the Jews by letting them live in Palestine.” Allahyari added that Umar ibn Al-Khattab preceded contemporary Israeli leaders in the effort to establish a Jewish presence in Palestine.
Although the station’s primary target is generally Sunni Muslims, Ahl-e-Bait TV has also attacked Christians, Jews and other Shi’a Muslims in the past who disagree with their views. In a March 9, 2012 broadcast, for example Allahyari ridiculed an Iranian Christian caller for believing in the trinity. Allahyari concluded his conversation with the caller by telling him, “If you had any intelligence, you wouldn’t be a Christian.”Allahyari has also attacked contemporary Sunni states for seeking support from Christians and Jews in their conflicts, claiming that Saudi Arabia forged alliances with Jews and America against Saddam Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War.
In recent years, the Sunni-Shi’a schism in the Muslim world has sparked anti-Semitic allegations, with each side accusing the other of affiliating with Jews.
Ahl-e-Bait TV describes its goal as to “expose the enemies of the Prophet and his family (p) without pandering to anyone…” and “to show the true Islam which has been hidden from the common people.”