Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dr. Hawass an anti-Semite?

World-renowned archaeologist and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, Zahi Hawass is a familiar face to many in the West.  He has appeared on numerous television documentaries on ancient Egypt on BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, PBS, and The Learning Channel. His cheerful demeanour and excellent English has, undoubtedly, popularized ancient Egypt and archaeology as few other individuals have.  I have always enjoyed watching him.

So I was disappointed to see a television interview with Dr. Hawass the aired on Egyptian TV on February 11, 2009 in which he makes statements about the Jews like, "For 18 centuries they were dispersed throughout the world. They went to America and took control of its economy. They have a plan. Although they are few in number, they control the entire world....Look at the control they have over America and the media." 

This is sheer ignorant prejudice that one expects from uneducated militants and not from a well-educated Egyptian who makes much of his reputation from this same media.  You can view the video by clicking here or on the picture below.  Then I would encourage you to contact him and ask him to clarify his views on the Jews publicly and in English on his website to his fan club.  He needs to be challenged on this and asked to be as honest with his fans as he was in Arabic to the Egyptian public.


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