July 21, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 4019

Egyptian Comedy Sitcom of Stereotypical Jewish Family Portrays Jews as Swindlers and Organ Traffickers

July 21, 2011
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 4019

Following are excerpts from two clips from an Egyptian TV sitcom about a Jewish family, in which family members are portrayed through stereotypical antisemitic characters.

The name of the series is 'Rub Mashkal,' and it was initially aired during Ramadan 2010. Since then, the series has re-run multiple times including this week on Mehwar TV and Nile Life TV. The series was produced by “Global Production."

"All of a Sudden, We Got a Taste of the Jewish 'Impaling Rod;' I Got Conned by a Jew"

The following are excerpts from a skit which aired on Egyptian Nile Life TV on July 14, 2011.

Jewish man watches the news on TV

Newscaster: "Reports from Washington today revealed the largest scam, committed by the renowned businessman Madoff."

Jew: "Oh dear, oh my. What a disaster. What's going on in this world?! What a catastrophe."

Granddaughter: "What's up grandpa? Why are you upset?"

Jew: "A disaster. Don't you hear what this damned newscaster is saying?"

Newscaster: "Many of the world's Jews have fallen prey to Madoff's scam. Their total losses are estimated at several billions of dollars."

Grandson: "This is a charade. They deserve to be conned."

Granddaughter: "Why are you upset, grandpa? Did you lose anything?"

Jew: "I have lost everything."

Grandson: "Grandpa, they are amateurs. They should have taken a lesson from you. You are wise and clever, grandpa."

Jew: "Of course they could learn from me. Nobody can con me."

Newscaster: "One of the people who were deceived is Shimon David Shimon."

Grandson: "Grandpa, he has the same name as you."

Jew: "That's just a coincidence."

Granddaughter: "What about the picture? That's your picture, grandpa."

Jew: "That's a coincidence too."

Grandson: "No, it's you. And you pretended to be clever…"

Jew: "Kids, it was only a few shekels that I didn't need, so I decided to invest them with him. That's it."

Newscaster: "The sum that he gave Madoff reached one million dollars."

Granddaughter: "A million dollars?! But whenever I ask you to buy me a dress, you kick up a fuss."

Jew: "Kids, let me tell you what really happened. That Madoff came from the U.S. and set up an investment company. He promised a 20% interest rate. He paid up every six months like clockwork. All of a sudden, we got a taste of the Jewish 'impaling rod.' I got conned by a Jew. By a Jew!"

Granddaughter: "What difference does it make?"

Jew: "It makes all the difference in the world. We always run these scams on others. Now we've started doing it to one another." […]

"The Jews Trade in Everything, So Obviously They Have Not Neglected Organ Trafficking"

Following are excerpts from a skit which aired on the Egyptian Mehwar TV channel on July 17, 2011.

Egyptian actress: "The Jews trade in everything, so obviously they have not neglected organ trafficking. I have recently seen someone haggle over a pancreas in order to save five shekels."

"Jewish" grandfather: "What is this weird news?"

Elisha, grandson: "Grandpa, why are you so surprised?"

Grandfather: "This news would make even a glutton like you stop eating."

Granddaughter: "What's the news, grandpa? That newspaper is from yesterday."

Grandfather: "That's the strange thing. It is from yesterday and I only noticed it now. This news is worth 100,000 shekels."

Elisha, grandson: "I'm reading an item about the Knesset. How much is it worth, grandpa?"

Grandfather: "Shut up. Someone here wants to buy a kidney for 100,000 shekels."

Elisha, grandson: "A kidney for 100,000?! How much for the entire cadaver?"

Grandfather: "Do the math – how much for a liver, how much for a pancreas, a spleen, a brain, and a mouth?"

Elisha, grandson: "The brain should be calculated separately."

Grandfather: "Speak for yourself. Your brain wouldn't fetch even a single shekel."

Elisha, grandson: "I know…"

Granddaughter: "Idiots make a good living… Let's finish eating."

Grandfather: "What are you talking about?! Aren't we supposed to help someone who is sick?"

Elisha, grandson: "Why should we help him, grandpa?"

Grandfather: "We will benefit from this too. Good things will come to all of us. He will take the kidney, we will take the money, and we'll all be happy. So, are you in?"

Elisha, grandson: "If she wants to, she's free to do it."

Granddaughter: "What do you mean? Do you want to sell my kidney?"

Grandfather: "Kids, you are still young. What do you need two kidneys for?"

Granddaughter: "Let me tell you something, Elisha. How about we let this fall on Grandpa Shimon? He's an old man. What does he need his kidney for? We'd better take the money and have fun."

Elisha, grandson: "No, it's his kidney, and he can do whatever he likes with it."

Granddaughter: "I'll tell you what, grandpa. Let's have Elisha sell his kidney. He's young, what does he need his kidney for? We'd better take the money and have fun. Let's flip a coin, and make sure the idiot loses."

Grandfather: "Elisha, how about flipping a coin? Whoever wins will sell his kidney."

Elisha, grandson: "Agreed."

Grandfather: "Good boy, Elisha. Heads or tails?"

Elisha, grandson: "Do you take me for an idiot? Heads, of course."

Grandfather and granddaughter: "Heads it is!"

Elisha, grandson: "Yes! I won!"

Grandfather and granddaughter: "Congratulations."

Elisha, grandson: "I won a kidney."

Grandfather: "Actually, you lost a kidney."

Elisha, grandson: "Thank God anyway." […]

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