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Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Syrian Made For TV Blood Libel ....there they go again....
Sharansky denounces anti-Semitic Syrian TV series

By Associated Press
Reported in http://www.haaretz.com/

Israeli cabinet minister Natan Sharansky, and former Russian USSR "Refusenik", on a visit to New York, denounced a Syrian-produced television series broadcast throughout the Muslim world during the holy month of Ramadan, calling it symptomatic of a dangerous strain of anti-Semitism that is growing worldwide. "It helps dehumanize Jews, make them evil," Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident who is now Israel's minister for Jerusalem and diaspora affairs, said Tuesday of the series, "Al Shatak."

The 29-part series was produced in Syria and broadcast throughout the Middle East by Hezbollah, a Lebanese group listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization. "Al Shatak," or "the diaspora," depicts among other scenes the killing of a Christian child on the orders of a rabbi so the blood can be baked into matzos for Passover.

That story - the historic "blood libel" - was used against Jews in Russia in the 19th century and by the Nazis in the 20th century.

U.S. diplomats filed protests against the program with the Lebanese and Syrian governments last month.

Sharansky attended a news conference at the Manhattan offices of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations where footage from the series was aired.

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