Claim: Pokémon a Jewish conspiracy intended to brainwash Muslim children

Saudi Arabia bans Pokemon after claims of jewish conspiracy

Saudi Arabia bans Pokemon after claims of jewish conspiracy


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.

Year: 2001
Source: BBC, Los Angeles Times
Claimed by: Saudi Arabia

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