A talk show that aired this week on Egyptian station al-Rahma TV includes a segment in which the host and a guest agree that burning is the only solution for Jews. The clip was translated and posted Friday by the US-based Arabic media watchdog MEMRI.
The show’s guest, Islamic history professor Yusri Ahmad Zidan, tells host Muhammad Khaled that the Crusaders — primarily European Christian fighters who traveled to the Holy Land in the Middle Ages to reclaim it from Muslim rule — sold Jews into slavery during their campaigns in the Middle East.
“The Crusaders treated the Jews this way because they believed that the Jews had harmed and killed Jesus,” Zidan maintains.
He also claims that “there were no Jews in Jerusalem” during this period.
“The history of the Jews has been black since the dawn of time,” Khaled continues. “Nebuchadnezzar burned them, the Crusaders burned them, and even Hitler and Nazism burned them. Is burning the only solution for the Jews?”
“So it seems. So it seems,” Zidan replies.
According to MEMRI, Al-Rahma TV went on air in 2007, with apparent funding from Saudi Arabia. The channel “regularly broadcasts blatantly anti-Semitic messages, including calls to annihilate the Jews,” MEMRI says. It depicts Jews “as the offspring of apes and pigs,” and refers to them as Muslims’ worst enemies, second only to Satan.