Anti-Semitic Film 'Family Entertainment' for Ramadan

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Film makers are promoting an anti-Semitic mini-series on the Muslim massacre of Jews as "family entertainment" for Ramadan.

During Islam's holy month of Ramadan, families and friends share an evening meal and fellowship after fasting from dawn till dusk.

The 30-day holiday began Tuesday, July 9, and ends Aug. 7.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday to send "holiday blessings for Ramadan." 

Festive holiday lights adorn some Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem where families gather to break the fast, relax and enjoy some good entertainment. 

This year features a mini-series entitled Khaibar, referring to a Muslim massacre of the Jews in the village of Khaibar in northwest Arabia in 628 AD.

Khaibar is not the first anti-Semitic film aired during Ramadan over the past years. Many focus on some aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Jewish Israelis always portrayed as the bad guys.

This year's Ramadan entertainment, produced by Echo Media, a Qatari company, tells the story of Arabs interacting with Jews in Medina and Khaibar.

MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) posted a trailer for the series, featuring lead actors explaining why Jews deserve to be shunned. 

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Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman said Khaibar, like many of its predecessors, tries to promote Muslim unity by making Jews the universal target.

"With Syria, Egypt and other countries in the Middle East going through historical upheavals, it is absurd and outrageous that the entertainment of the Ramadan season promotes the Muslim subjugation of caricatured Jews," Foxman said in a statement.

"The uprisings in the Arab and Muslim world have revealed a hunger among much of the Middle East for democracy, accountability and the development of effective civil and pluralistic society," he continued. "Khaibar and other productions of its ilk represent the old detrimental approach of promoting Muslim societal unity through focusing hatred on Jews and Israel."

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