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December 17, 2013 2

Qatari Book Fair Highlighting UK Partnership Marred By Anti-Semitism

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British and Qatari offi­cials tour book fair

The Doha Inter­na­tional Book Fair, held in Qatar on Decem­ber 4–14 and billed as part of “Qatar-UK 2013” — a year of “events to cel­e­brate and develop the part­ner­ship between Qatar and the United King­dom” — fea­tured many anti-Semitic books from sev­eral dif­fer­ent pub­lish­ers and avail­able from mul­ti­ple book sellers. 

A state­ment from the Qatari Min­is­ter of Cul­ture on the fair’s web­site noted that the UK was selected as the “guest of honor.” The fair’s web­site also included a photo of the British Min­is­ter of Cul­ture with his Qatari coun­ter­part vis­it­ing the event.

The anti-Semitic Arabic-language books were avail­able at the fair, accord­ing to the web­site, which included a floor index of where vis­i­tors could phys­i­cally pur­chase the book.

For exam­ple, sev­eral pub­lish­ers from Syria, Egypt, Jor­dan and Lebanon offered dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion and sold them at var­i­ous prices. Another anti-Semitic book titled, The Secrets of the Tal­mud, Expos­ing the Jew­ish Plot to Con­trol the World, was sold for 75.00 Qatari Rials (about 20 US$).

Books pro­mot­ing Hitler, Holo­caust denial and anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries were on dis­play in var­i­ous sec­tions (e.g., The Facts About the Zionist-Nazi Secrete Rela­tions).

Accord­ing to Qatari media, the British Embassy in Doha and the British Cul­tural Coun­cil helped orga­nize British par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fair. The UK helped orga­nize “work­shops for fam­i­lies, chil­dren and book enthu­si­asts,” accord­ing to the fair website.

The sale of anti-Semitic books is counter to the fair’s mis­sion, as stated on its web­site, of “rais­ing the cul­tural and intel­lec­tual level of the soci­ety.” It also under­mines the larger aim of “Qatar-UK 2013,” which seeks to “increase engage­ment between the peo­ple of both coun­tries in the spirit of inno­va­tion, open­ness and learning.”

Just last month, 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 as well.

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October 22, 2013 0

Flag At Swim Competition In Qatar Triggers Hatred Toward Israel

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Screen­shot of Twit­ter post denounc­ing dis­play of Israeli flag at the FINA Swim­ming World Cup in Qatar.

Pho­tos of an Israeli flag at the FINA Swim­ming World Cup in Doha, Qatar, trig­gered a wave of angry reac­tions on Twit­ter, includ­ing calls for future sports boy­cotts against Israel.

While it is notable that Israeli swim­mers par­tic­i­pated in the Octo­ber 20–21 com­pe­ti­tion — includ­ing Amit Ivry, win­ner of a sil­ver medal - hun­dreds of Twit­ter users, includ­ing Qatari jour­nal­ists, took to Twit­ter to express shock at their government’s deci­sion to allow the Israeli flag to fly out­side the Hamad Aquatic Cen­ter along with flags rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous other coun­tries com­pet­ing in the event.

Many of the Tweets con­demned the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Israeli team and demanded the removal of the flag form out­side the Aquatic Cen­ter. Oth­ers Tweets protested what they described as the “nor­mal­iz­ing of rela­tions with the Zion­ist Entity.” Sev­eral users posted an image of a poster that reads, “Israel not-welcomed in Qatar.”

Reports from the region indi­cate that the Israeli flag was taken down before the end of the event in response to the reac­tion on Twit­ter. A graphic of the Israeli flag was also dis­torted on the tele­vi­sion broad­cast of the event when an Israeli swim­mer medaled.

One Twit­ter user wrote, “Boy­cott should become uni­ver­sal; one of the results should be to ban the Zion­ist Entity from play­ing in the World Cup with an offi­cial FIFA res­o­lu­tion.” The FIFA World Cup is sched­uled to be played in Qatar in 2022.

This inci­dent raises con­cerns over Qatar’s abil­ity to host inter­na­tional sport­ing events with­out suc­cumb­ing to pres­sure from those who seek to politi­cize sports.

As more Arab coun­tries host inter­na­tional sport­ing events, some Israeli ath­letes have encoun­tered chal­lenges.  Most inter­na­tional sport­ing fed­er­a­tions man­date that host coun­tries allow all qual­i­fy­ing ath­letes to com­pete. How­ever, in 2009, the United Arab Emi­rates refused to issue a visa to Israeli ten­nis star Sha­har Peer to enable her to com­pete in the Dubai Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship, a stop on the Women Ten­nis Asso­ci­a­tion (WTA) tour. The bar­ring of Peer vio­lated the guide­lines of the WTA (which were sub­se­quently tight­ened fur­ther) and the UAE was forced to pay a fine.

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February 22, 2013 2

Coming Soon: “Khaiber” The Genocide Of Jews In Arabia

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Update: “Khaiber” writer, Yusri Al-Jindy, says now is the time to expose Jews.

A pro­duc­tion com­pany in Qatar will report­edly start film­ing a multi-million dol­lar tele­vi­sion series next month com­mem­o­rat­ing the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th century.

The series, called “Khaiber,” is based on a script writ­ten by Yusri Al-Jindy, an Egypt­ian writer who has pre­vi­ously depicted Israelis and Jews as blood­thirsty sav­ages in his work. One of his plays about the 1967 war, titled “The Wan­der­ing Jew,” was banned in Egypt. 

The series, pro­duced by the Doha-based Echo Media Qatar, is sup­pos­edly sched­uled to be filmed in sev­eral Arab coun­tries, includ­ing Morocco, Egypt and Jor­dan, and will appar­ently fea­ture sev­eral well-known Arab actors. Echo Media Qatar has report­edly started build­ing sets with struc­tures sim­i­lar to the ones inhab­ited by Jews 1,400 years ago.

A report on Al Jazeera in Ara­bic yes­ter­day described “Khaiber” as “the most impor­tant fea­ture of the Islamic-Jewish fight. Mus­lims always raise its name in their ral­lies against Israel because it con­sti­tutes a mem­ory of a harsh defeat for the Jews who lived in the Ara­bian Penin­sula dur­ing the time of prophet.”

The story of “Khaiber,” accord­ing to most Islamic sources, ends with the exe­cu­tion of thou­sands of Jews, includ­ing women and chil­dren. Pro­test­ers at anti-Israel ral­lies around the world, includ­ing the U.S., often evoke this bat­tle in their chants to gal­va­nize supporters.

Accord­ing to Al Jazeera, Al-Jindy said he wrote the script because “the Zion­ist move­ment is cur­rently pass­ing through a turn­ing point as a result of the changes in the Arab world.”

Accord­ing to another report in the Qatari news­pa­per Al-Raya, the series will focus “on the social, eco­nomic and reli­gious char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Jews includ­ing pol­i­tics and con­spir­a­cies and how they dom­i­nate and con­trol tribes.”

Past Echo Media Qatar pro­duc­tions have pro­moted con­spir­a­cies about Jews. In 2010, Echo Media Qatar pro­duced a series called “The Col­lapse of the Caliphate” for Ramadan that blamed Jews for con­spir­ing with the ene­mies of the Sul­tan to end the Islamic Caliphate.

When com­pleted, the series will likely rein­force the dehu­man­iza­tion of Jews in the Arab world in the same way that pre­vi­ous pro­grams have done, such as the 2003 Egypt­ian tele­vi­sion series “Knight With­out a Horse” which was based on the noto­ri­ous forgery, “The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” Series such as this, often aired dur­ing Ramadan, are gen­er­ally very pop­u­lar and receive broader view­er­ship than pro­grams aired through­out the rest of the year.

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