Saudi editor disavows anti-Semitic article

March 20, 2002|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

CAIRO, Egypt - A prominent Saudi editor disavowed yesterday an article that appeared recently in his newspaper, Al Riyadh, that repeated the century-old fiction that Jews use the blood of Christians and Muslims to make holiday foods.

The article proved a possible embarrassment to the ruling establishment, which is beginning to shake loose from the criticism it received after the Sept. 11 attacks, in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. Saudi Arabia also had begun to emerge as a peacemaker with its plan for ending Israeli-Palestinian violence.

The editor, Turki al Sudairy, said he was upset to discover that while he was in Lebanon, his paper ran a two-part series by a professor that embellished a tale dismissed long ago as the product of deeply anti-Semitic thinking.

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