New York, NY, March 10, 1998
...Citing a weekly magazines anti-Semitic article on the United States Ambassador as the latest example of persistent anti-Semitism in the Egyptian media, the Anti-Defamation League today urged President Hosni Mubarak to denounce such anti-Semitism and "work to disseminate a realistic and fair image of Jews."
The government-run weekly, Ros al-Yusuf, depicted U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer in the ringlets and hat of a Hasidic Jew to accompany the article, "Jewish Purification of the American Ambassadors Kitchen."
In their letter to President Hosni Mubarak, Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said they were "appalled by the article and the crude caricature of Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer that ran alongside it." The League leaders reminded the President that when they met with him in Cairo "you forcefully denounced the ongoing campaign of blatant anti-Semitism and anti-Israel writing in the Egyptian media. Yet its seems that little has been done to truly promote greater education and sensitivity towards Jews and Israel in the Egyptian media."
Mr. Berkowitz and Mr. Foxman urged President Mubarak "to unequivocally denounce the promulgation of such hatred and anti-Semitism in Egypt and to work to disseminate a realistic and fair image of Jews and the State of Israel."
The 1997 ADL study, Anti-Semitism in the Egyptian Press, which documents the prevalence of virulent anti-Semitism and anti-Israel images in the Egyptian media, was given to President Mubarak during his 1997 visit to Washington, D.C.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.