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November 20, 2013

Iran’s Leader Calls Israel An “Unclean Rabid Dog”

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Khamanei’s Facebook post

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with members of the paramilitary basij today and called Israel an “unclean rabid dog” that’s a “threat to the world.”

Khamenei’s comments on the Jewish state were made Tuesday morning as negotiators from the P5+1 meet with their Iranian counterparts in Geneva for the third round of negotiations concerning the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Khamenei’s official Facebook page and Twitter account also quoted the leader, saying that European countries, and France in particular, humiliate their nations by working with “Zionists officials & pay them lip service.” Khamenei is referring to recent French objections to a proposed agreement drafted during last week’s nuclear negotiations.

Khamenei, who has the final word on all of Iran’s domestic and foreign policy, also took aim at the U.S., accusing it of bearing responsibility for many of the world’s ills and blaming the U.S. for “provoking Saddam [Hussein] to attack Iran” following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iranian leaders often refer to the U.S. government as the leader of the “global arrogance.”

Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments on Israel continue to demonstrate Tehran’s aggressive stance and amplifies concerns Israeli leaders have expressed regarding any nuclear deal that does not end Iran’s progress toward nuclear weaponization.

When referring to Israel, Khamenei’s said: “[The] Israeli regime, this sinister, unclean rabid dog of the region, says Iran is a threat to the world; No! Israel itself is a threat to the world.”

Khamenei’s comparison of Israel to dogs, which are viewed as ritually impure animals in Islam and in most Middle Eastern cultures, was met with chants of “death to Israel” from the thousands of participants at the gathering.

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November 20, 2013

UAE Book Fair Engages Readers With Anti-Semitism

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates, which reportedly attracted 1 million visitors from across the region, featured several infamous anti-Semitic books, including the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.sharjah-book-fair-jews-adl-anti-semitism

The ten-day book fair, which concluded last week, was organized by Department of Culture and Information – Sharjah Government. The mission of the fair, according to organizers, is “to cultivate the love for literature among people by enriching their experience of the written word.”

Does the Emirate of Sharjah believe that promoting hate literature contributes to this mission?

The anti-Semitic books for sale at the fair were listed alongside mainstream books in various categories. For example, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion was listed in the “Political Science” category. Among the other anti-Semitic books featured at the fair were:

  • Blood for The Pie of Zion (The Jewish District) by Najib Al Gailany. This novel tells a story of a Christian priest from Damascus who was abducted by the Jews in order to use his blood for Jewish rituals. The story details how Jews danced and celebrated while Rabbis drain the blood of the elderly catholic priest. The book was listed in the “Novels” category and sold for 15 AED, or approximately $4.
  • The Jews and the Secret Movements in the Crusades by Baha Al-Amir. The book, which suggests that the Jews played a role in the Crusades, includes an introduction in which the author claims that “God the almighty declares in his statement to the people that all wars were started by Jews.” The book was listed in the “International Affairs” category and sold for 50 AED (approximately $14).
  • Human Sacrifices and Talmudic Slaughtering by Jews and Pagans by Fathi Muhammad Zughbi. The book was listed in the “Faith” category and sold for 83 AED (approximately $23).
  • Mein Kampf by Adolf Hilter. This book was listed in the “General knowledge” category and sold for 20 AED (approximately $5).

The fair provided several grants and awards in various fields of literature. In the past, it reportedly gave a grant to Gilad Atzmon to translate his anti-Semitic book “The Wandering Who,” into Arabic

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November 19, 2013

ADL’s Terrorism Update Focuses On How FTOs Attract American Recruits

The November edi­tion of Ter­ror­ism Update, ADL’s newslet­ter pro­vid­ing news and analy­sis on inter­na­tional ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and their fol­low­ers in the U.S., is now avail­able to our subscribers.

The fea­ture arti­cle focuses on Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda affiliate organization in Somalia, and its capacity to attract American recruits to its cause. Al Shabaab claimed that three Americans participated in the group’s deadly attack this September on the Westgate Mall in Nterrorism-update-subscribe-adlairobi, Kenya, and nearly 50 other American citizens and permanent residents have either travelled to Somalia or have otherwise aided the terrorist organization since 2007.

The Profile in Terror features Omar Hammami, an American citizen from Alabama who once served as a primary English-language recruiter for Al Shabaab before he was apparently killed by other Al Shabaab members on September 13, 2013.

This edi­tion of Terrorism Update also includes infor­ma­tion on a recent terror-related arrest in North Carolina, which under­scores a con­tin­ued trend of Amer­i­cans attempt­ing to join ter­ror­ist groups in the Syr­ian con­flict, as well as arrests in New York and California.

An update on one of the leaders of Revolution Muslim, the fringe anti-Semitic Muslim organization based in New York that justified terrorist attacks and other forms of violence against non-Muslims, is also highlighted in this edition, as is ADL’s collection of resources on Inspire Magazine, the English-language propaganda magazine produced by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Readers can subscribe to the ADL Terrorism Update to automatically receive the bi-monthly newsletter.

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