Claim: Pokémon a Jewish conspiracy intended to brainwash Muslim children
Some outspoken, fundamentalist Muslims claimed in the beginning of 2001 that Pokémon was a Jewish conspiracy intended to brainwash Muslim children to make them renounce their faith. The same groups claimed that the word “Pokémon” was a phrase meaning “I am Jewish”.
As a result of these claims the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, issued a fatwā banning the Pokémon franchise, claiming it encouraged gambling and promoted Zionism. High Muslim authorities in Qatar and Egypt joined the ban.