I read with amusement "Egyptian TV Fuels Hate," your Nov. 11 editorial regarding the Egyptian soap opera accused of anti-Semitism. When one considers that the Hollywood machine has been spreading lies and distorted images of Arabs (the other Semites) for over a century now, it is rather ironic that you choose to be outraged by a small Egyptian production loosely based on a work of fiction. Movies such as "True Lies," "Delta Force" and even "Lawrence of Arabia," just to name a few, come to mind. I do not recall your angry editorials then. People who live in glass houses ought not to be throwing rocks.
Jersey City, N.J.
The Times is to be commended for bringing to public attention the popular Egyptian TV series based on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." This documentary, based on a lie, was made for the explicit purpose of inciting anti-Israel, anti-Jewish emotions within the Egyptian community during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The U.S. strongly urged the Egyptian government to withdraw the series but was rebuffed.
How sad that an opportunity to educate its citizens for peace is, instead, used by the Egyptian government to continue its negative attitude toward Israel -- despite the fact that a peace treaty exists between the two nations. How tragic that the next generation of children is being inoculated with the poison of hatred that seems to run rampant in the world, threatening not only today's children but tomorrow's as well.