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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

  • Something’s wrong with your math. How can 50 AED and 83 AED both be approx­i­mately $14? Also, can you please pro­vide your sources for this story. Per­haps a pic­ture from a cat­a­log or some­thing as evi­dence for the things you report. I haven’t found any­thing about this any­where else on the net. Thanks.

    • I can see you’ve read my com­ment, because you’ve now edited your mis­take. Any chance you’ll com­ment on your source? בבקשה?

      • Eli­aho

        Daniel. Why don’t you go to Shar­jah to check your­self. Arabs would love to treat you to a nice camel burger. Espe­cially if they know you speak Hebrew. You will be the guest of honor.
        By the way did you vote for Azmi Bashara as your MP? He can host you in his apart­ment in Qatar.

        • What a deli­ciously aggres­sive response. Thanks for the sug­ges­tion, Eli­aho, and your casual racism. Glad you were able to make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the world today. Actu­ally camels are rather an endan­gered species in Pak­istan so they are unlikely to be on the menu, but there are plenty of other places where you can chow down to a tasty camel steak. It’s becom­ing quite trendy. —

  • The Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion is not a forgery — it is more like a satiric para­ble, a fic­tional account, stitched together from sev­eral nov­els and other works, none of which claim to be a fac­tual account. There is no doc­u­mented proof that the czarist secret police pub­lished it and to make that claim makes us look bad. We Jews don’t need to be defen­sive about the Pro­to­cols and wrap it in all of those charged words, like “hoax”, “fab­ri­cated”, “forgery” etc, none of which are accu­rate — and when we do, it makes it look like we have some­thing to hide, which we don’t.

    From Wikipedia entry for Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion:

    Sources for the Pro­to­cols

    Source mate­r­ial for the forgery con­sisted jointly of Dia­logue aux enfers entre Machi­avel et Mon­tesquieu or Dia­logue in Hell Between Machi­avelli and Mon­tesquieu, an 1864 polit­i­cal satire by Mau­rice Joly[4] and a chap­ter from Biar­ritz, an 1868 novel by the anti­se­mitic Ger­man nov­el­ist Her­mann Goed­sche, which had been trans­lated into Russ­ian in 1872.[5]

    A major source for the Pro­to­cols was Der Juden­staat by Theodor Herzl although, para­dox­i­cally, early Russ­ian edi­tions of the Pro­to­cols assert that they did not come from a Zion­ist organization.[6] The text, which nowhere advo­cates for Zion­ism, resem­bles a par­ody of Herzl’s ideas.[7]