Friday, April 27, 2012

The Ugliest Slur in Egyptian Politics --- "J'accuse!"

"I accuse you of being a Jew!"


Memri has released a video of the campaign manager of a disqualified candidate for the Egyptian presidency showing how easy it is to make the vilest allegation possible about someone's background and how impossible it is to prove otherwise. His candidate, Islamist, Abu Ismail, was disqualified because his late mother allegedly held dual American-Egyptian citizenship. It seems this prohibits him from running for president.

It could have been much worse as the campaign manager repeatedly demonstrates.

They were ready for him the second time. They threw him off air.

The incidents occured on Al-Mehwar TV on April 17, and Sada Al-Balad TV on April 18.

On Sada Al-Balad TV, he again accused a moderator of being Jewish. The moderator responded that the photo was not her, but her co-host. She then made it very clear that the “Jew” smear would not stand, saying, “I do not allow you to accuse me of being Jewish.”

He was then ordered to leave the studio. Slander charges may follow even though it is clear he did not mean such a horrible thing to be taken literally.

There is after all a limit.

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