The Nov. 15 editorial "Galloping Anti-Semitism" criticized Egypt for not censoring a television series that The Post found objectionable. But freedom of expression means broadcasting all points of view, even the most regrettable.

The editorial portrayed Egypt's policies as being anti-Jewish and harmful to U.S. interests in the Middle East only a day after President Hosni Mubarak sent an emissary to meet with Palestinian and Israeli leaders in a quest for peace in the Middle East.

The editorial also portrayed the series, "Horseman Without a Horse," as being based on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," whereas the series actually contains few references to the Protocols and says that they are fabricated.

The Post holds the Egyptian government responsible for everything in the Egyptian press, in spite of the information minister's public opposition to intolerant references to the three monotheistic religions. Yet The Post publishes intolerant statements and stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims by Americans, while occasionally stating that it opposes these views.

The Post also has ignored the open debate in Egypt among those rejecting any foreign interference in our media and those who believe that even the limited reference to the Protocols is insensitive to people of the Jewish faith.

Finally, The Post blames the anger toward Israel in the Arab world on Egyptian media, rather than on Israel's occupation of Arab territories. This lack of understanding of and concern for the Arab world is the only logical explanation for such a malicious editorial.



Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt