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May 11, 2012 Off

Iranian Organizations Publishing Anti-Semitic Islamic School Textbooks

The Alavi Foun­da­tion, a New York-based Iran­ian orga­ni­za­tion that also oper­ates as the Mostazafan Foun­da­tion, and Al Bal­agh, an Iran-based pub­lish­ing house, have been pub­lish­ing English-language reli­gious books for chil­dren that pro­mote anti-Semitism and con­spir­acy the­o­ries, accord­ing to a recent Cana­dian news report.

The books con­tain pas­sages con­trast­ing Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis,” as well as descrip­tions of Jews as a “racist,” “treach­er­ous” and “crafty” people.

The books, A Glance at the life of the Holy Prophet of Islam and Prophet Muham­mad: A Brief Biog­ra­phy, jus­tify engage­ment in vio­lent acts of jihad “when­ever the time comes for it,” and claim that the Jews of Med­ina “con­spired to kill Prophet Muham­mad” after sign­ing covenants with Muham­mad and his early followers.

One of the books even high­lights to the reader that the very name “Jew” has become “syn­ony­mous for treach­ery” and “the slay­ing of prophets.”

The Alavi Foun­da­tion describes itself as a non-governmental orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes Iran­ian and Islamic cul­ture in the U.S. Prior to the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion, the Alavi Foun­da­tion was named the Pahlavi Foun­da­tion, after the Shah of Iran, and pro­vided scholas­tic schol­ar­ships to young Ira­ni­ans wish­ing to study in the U.S. Upon seiz­ing power, Aya­tol­lah Khome­ini renamed the foun­da­tion to the Mostazafan Foun­da­tion (Farsi for “the down­trod­den”), and is now called the Alavi Foun­da­tion. The names of the foun­da­tion are often used inter­change­ably. The orga­ni­za­tion claims that it is not an organ of the Iran­ian regime, but U.S. pros­e­cu­tors seized the foundation’s assets and arrested its pres­i­dent in 2008.

Recently the two books were found to be in use at a Toronto-based Islamic school, the East End Madrassa. Fol­low­ing com­plaints the school removed the pub­li­ca­tions from its web­sites and course curricula.