July 15, 2010, - 11:45 am

The (Denying) History Channel’s Mel Gibson

By Debbie Schlussel

Why is the History Channel broadcasting a show with an openly anti-Semitic Muslim host, who denies history and tries to rewrite it?  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  anti-Semitism is acceptable in America (especially in the entertainment industry), whereas racism is not.



How else do you explain Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian Antiquities Minister (and–suprise!–a Muslim), as host of the History Channel’s “Chasing Mummies,” which debuted on the channel last night?  As I’ve noted before, Hawass said in a videotaped interview on television:

They [the Jews] went to America and took control of its economy. They have a plan. . . .  they control the entire world.

Watch the video.  He said it just over a year ago and won’t apologize because that’s what he believes.  (Sadly, those statements didn’t stop Barack Obama from touring the Egyptian Pyramids with Hawass, last year.)  Does the History Channel agree with him?  If not, why does he have a show on the station?  What if he made these statements about Blacks?  Would he have a History Channel hosting job?

Mr. Hawass has also made various anti-American statements in American travel magazines, saying he doesn’t want or need Americans as tourists.  With all the fuss over Mel Gibson, why is it okay for Hawass to host a TV show on a respected cable channel?  And does Mel Gibson have a chance at hosting a History Channel show?  Hey, maybe he can host a show on the Holocaust and slavery and give his own special Gibson family “spin.”

Moreover, Mr. Hawass is perpetuating the anti-Semitic propaganda on the History Channel show.  Reader David saw a preview for an upcoming episode of the show and notes that Hawass denied the historical fact that Jews were slaves in Egypt:

On an upcoming episode, one of his interns asks him, “the Egyptians had thousands of slaves right?” Hawass gets ticked off, saying that it’s false and a lie. Basically, he is denying the history that he is allegedly trying to preserve. It seems more like rewriting history as they are doing near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, destroying evidence of ancient Jewish sovereignty. I know, why should this night be any different?

Hmmm . . . maybe they should change the name to, “The Denying History Channel.”

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27 Responses

Maybe lots of viewers will write in and complain after that show airs about the mis-statements of this idiot and the station will rethink allowing this person a forum.

CJ on July 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

[Reader David saw a preview for an upcoming episode of the show and notes that Hawass denied the historical fact that Jews were slaves in Egypt:]

There’s no corroborating evidence that the Jews were slaves in Egypt. We only have the word of Exodus. Hawass has every right to that opinion.

Objector on July 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    An implausable “denial” settles the matter to your liking, doesn’t it?

    I could tell the whole story and it would take hours, Mo, but you both bore me and waste me time.

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on July 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    are you saying that the 650,000 first hand eyewitnesses to the exodus from Egypt and to Moses’s parting of the red sea are ALL LYING?

    Who cares? on July 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Thank you, Debbie for your hard-hitting posts. I love your work and am thankful to JIDF for suggesting that his followers follow you as well. Between you and David the truth is getting out there, but unfortunatly we have jackasses like this in the public arena denying that truth, and gullible viewers who buy into the lies. Keep up the good work. Give ’em hell! BTW, what’s the deal w/ these bastards being able to deny the Holocaust and it’s given a pass, but a cartoonist has “Draw muhammod day”, she’s put on a hit-list by someone and that’s ok? That terrorist isn’t even arrested for terrorist threats. I personally know a female that went to jail for a year for terrorist threats because she threatened her husband during an arguement. We can’t bow down to these terrorist bastards!!

Kimberlynn Shaffer-Silva on July 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

uhhh hmmmm yeaah, This guy has a mini empire within the egyptian antiquities. He provides selective access to the archeology. There is much he is keeping back about the true history in egypt.

Patrick Brownrigg on July 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Zahi Hawass has long been a thorn in archaelogist’s side. Anyone who wants to use modern technology (like ground penetrating sonar) to study Giza is denied. Over 10 years ago a robot in the Great Pyramid found a small door in one of the shafts. Ole Zahi refuses to allow any further exploration.
He goes CRAZY if anyone speaks of Exodus or tries to prove anything in Exodus (probably because this gives Jews proof that they have a historical claim to the land of Israel).

I could go on, but basically if it supports his World View or Historical view on Egypt–great. If it doesn’t—forget it and he’ll not only ban you from getting a work permit, he’ll make sure you don’t get a travel Visa to Egypt.

jimmyPx on July 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

It’s actually quite miraculous than any antiquities are even left. There’s no telling what the MoHams destroyed in their path when they came out of the desert to force their demon-worship through their convert or die policy. They’re still at it of course. Only tourist bucks has saved these ancient things.

Moi on July 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Patrick pointed out important thing.
People who are know a little more about archeology also know mr. Hawass very well for his style of “work”.
It’s not simply selective access, but also selective choise of evidences and findings.
For a scientist or anyone with some scientific degree his actions are not science at all, not even theatre, but scam.
In such circumstances there was always a corruption with illegal private gain, falsifications. Does anyone believe he’s the first exception in history?

Some time ago I saw program on Discovery, which showed hieloglyphs that were matching the story of Jews described in Exodus.

gr77 on July 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I think the difference is some anti-Semites are more equal than others. Especially if they are Arab anti-Semites. Yup, nothing wrong with that rank bigotry on the History Channel.

At all.

NormanF on July 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Yeah but you know… know of no other channel that has been so openly Christian based, and has shown video on everything Christian than not other channel out there including TBN. Who cares If we wer to judge emm all then we would be watching nothing!

Amedeo Bianchi on July 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Perfection does not exist!!!

Amedeo Bianchi on July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

What do we do, point out the man’s errors and claim he isn’t entitled to host a program because he doesn’t deserve respect?

Solomon2 on July 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

OMG! What is happening in this world??? There is more and more antisemitism every day. Now on the denying history channel??!!??? WFT – Please someone tell me the next holocaust isn’t around the corner.

Zsuzsi on July 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I agree with Debbie that it seems to be more acceptable to air anti-Jewish remarks but I don’t think it’s become the norm yet as it has with attacking Christians.

Here is the pecking order from most acceptable to attack to the least:

1. Christian – Catholic
2. Christian – Fundamentalist
3. Christian – General Protestant
4. Jewish – Orthodox
5. Jewish – Conservative
6. Jewish – Reform and the rest
7. Islam – Any type there of

Oscar on July 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Once you get past the first two, I disagree with you Oscar. I don’t think there has ever been any great “Anti-General Protestant” movement in the U.S. or any other non-Islamic country, except maybe Ireland. Also, dividing the Jews into three different categories doesn’t make any sense in this context, as I would wager that the vast majority of the U.S. population doesn’t even know what “Orthodox, Conservative and Reform” means, any more than the Jewish community knows the difference between a Methodist, a Presbyterian or an Episcopalian…Hell, I’ll even bet that most of the mainstream Christian community doesn’t.

    The Catholics and Fundamentalists have only themselves to blame for becoming punch-lines over the last few years. If you ask me, the former has never been anything but a thinly veiled child prostitution ring and the latter…well, just spend a few minutes watching a Benny Hinn revival meeting on TBN, and it’s easy to see why they are constantly being pointed and laughed at. Don’t even get me started on all the mentally ill celebrities that fall into this category (Steve Baldwin, Willie Ames, Jeff Conway, Kirk Cameron and of course, Debbie’s favorite, Gary Busey).

    However, I certainly would agree with you that in a logical universe, Islam would be way at the top of that list, with Scientologists coming in a close 2nd. Unfortunately, we do not live in a logical universe that is governed by any rational guiding force.

    In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a proud Atheist (not a communist…I also believe that communism is a religion).

    Daniel H on July 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 KJV AV 161 only Authorized Version of the Bible! If you don’t know what it means look it up! God said: Study to shew thyself APPROVED unto me.”

Amedeo Bianchi on July 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm


Despite what Bill Donohue says, it is far more acceptable to attack fundamentalist and evangelical Protestants than any Catholic. Example: what are the Catholic bogeyman counterparts in the mainstream media and Hollywood to Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson? There aren’t any. Practically every liberal in the country knows who they are (so they will know who to hate). But do any of them know who the leading archbishops and cardinals in this country are? And of course, where even a Republican running for President (John McCain) saw fit to trash Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson in 2000 (when Falwell actually didn’t even get involved in the GOP primary that year and was an innocent bystander) attacks on the pope by mainstream media and political figures are practically nonexistent.

Go to HuffingtonPost.com, Firedoglake, DailyKos etc. and you won’t see them accusing Catholics of being potential terrorists every time there is an Islamic terror attack. Instead, they make those claims against fundamentalist and evangelical Protestants.

Gerald on July 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm


There have been plenty of authorized versions of the Bible. And the King James Version currently in use isn’t even the original one published in 1611. Geesh. Don’t get me wrong, the King James Version is the only version that I read. But the people who worked on the King James Version largely used the Geneva Bible (think John Calvin) as a guide.

Gerald on July 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Yes, Mr. Hawkass is pathetic, but so is the so-called History Channel.

I’ve always thought the History Channel is to history what People Magazine is to hard news. History with pictures, news with pictures.

The History Channel at its best is dumbed-down history with plenty of pictures for those who are too intellectually lazy to read serious history with the sources cited, the complexity, nuances and qualifications that characterizes rigorous history.

Pictures substitute for rigor.

This is even apart from the PC.

So while I’m disappointed at the anti-Semitism, I can’t say I’m surprised.

And none of this is meant to justify the PC historians and texts used at too many of the universities today.

Little Al on July 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. Never like the guy

Lex on July 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm

well thanks for the link to that video- it is more horrible than I imagined- although quite normal for Islamic TV channel-

Yes anti Semitism gets a pass- but I think it is largely unknown about Hawass- now that he is getting to be a household name in USA maybe we can get it mainstreamed- It never ceases to amaze me how otherwise intelligent people can say such stupid things and not see the contradictions- Hawass explains that USA JEWs control media (and the world)- THE VERY MEDIA that puts his ass on TV and pays him!!! Stupid man – if JEWS really did control media we would dump his nasty jewhater ass off it-

I did watch the episode and I must say it is only negative PR for the Egyptian bigot- he also shows himself to be a grumpy old rude man, a nasty boss and a person impressed with his own importance- like most Muslim men he is ego-centric and domineering.

Americans should be informed about Middle Est ideas and media – I am sure they have no idea what the average Egyptian person beleives about Jews or USA- and am quite sure it would be a tremendous shock

Isahiah62 on July 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm

The History Channel HAS to put up with him because, like it or not, Americans love to read about and watch things relating to Ancient Egypt. When is the last time you saw some TV spectaular about the history of Irael other than that dorky Canadian Naked Archaeologist? Americans don’t care about Israel’s history. They wan’t to see massibe buildings and ruins and military reenactments. That is why, from an historical standpoint, ancient Rome and Greece will both always loom large over Israel’s history.


LaTonio Carter on July 15, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Debbie, before jumping to conclusions… READ this if you have time!


CC on July 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Oh I see… the grand master of Egypt isn’t against all Jews, just Israel. That makes it all better. Whatever.

    Abby on July 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Thank you Debbie.

hawass is just another pawn in the ongoing war against Jews.

Vote for a liberal go to the chambers. Your choice.

I have it…. Let’s have Barry Soetoro AKA barak husein obama give Jerusalem to the terrorists so the terrorists can do the dirty work of the muslim world at large……

Ari on July 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm

In the 1970’s when I was in Cairo there were guards who would sell you antiquities out of the basement of the Cairo Museum ‘one of the greatest in the world’. You had to ‘know someone’ though. Not King Tut’s mask or anything but scarabs, beads etc.

poetcomic1 on December 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm

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