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December 17, 2015 1

International Book Fair In Saudi Arabia Features Anti-Semitic Titles

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Adver­tise­ment for the Jed­dah Inter­na­tional Book Fair

The Jed­dah Inter­na­tional Book Fair in Saudi Ara­bia, which hosts more than 350 pub­lish­ing houses from 21 coun­tries, appears to fea­ture anti-Semitic books for sale.

The book fair, tak­ing place Decem­ber 12–22, includes on its “Book Lists” works such as My Awak­en­ing: The Jew­ish Influ­ence in the United States by the noto­ri­ous anti-Semite David Duke. Duke’s book, clas­si­fied as “Polit­i­cal Sci­ence” on the list from the Dar Alfiker Al Mua’sir pub­lish­ing house in Lebanon, is listed for SAR53 (US$14).

Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which served as a blue­print for the exter­mi­na­tion of six mil­lion Jews and mil­lions of oth­ers in the Holo­caust, is listed to be sold at the book fair for SAR45 (US$12). Clas­si­fied as “His­tory,” Mein Kampf, is on the list from Ibn Al Nafees pub­lish­ing house in Egypt. A book titled Free Masons, The Jews and The Torahby Dr. Noman Al Sama­rayi, which pro­motes con­spir­a­to­r­ial the­o­ries about a Jew­ish role in dom­i­nat­ing the world, was listed for sale for SR8 (US$2).

The Jed­dah Gov­er­norate, the Saudi Min­istry of Cul­ture, and a num­ber of pri­vate sec­tor cor­po­ra­tions co-organized the book fair, which attracted more than 150,000visitors in its first three days accord­ing to the fair website.

Unfor­tu­nately, sell­ing anti-Semitic books at book fairs in the Mid­dle East is an ongo­ing prob­lem. For exam­ple, another book fair in the region, the Doha Inter­na­tional Book Fair in Qatar, which ended on Decem­ber 12, also included anti-Semitic titles, such as the Arabic-language anti-Semitic Jew­ish Ency­clo­pe­dia.

Fea­tur­ing anti-Semitic titles in the right con­text may at times serve to expose their vicious nature. How­ever, it is clear that in the case of the Jed­dah Book Fair and sev­eral other book fairs in the region, such books are dis­played to read­ers who may not be aware of the big­oted agenda behind such books. Includ­ing edi­to­r­ial lan­guage or con­tex­tu­al­iz­ing the books appro­pri­ately as hate­ful mate­r­ial is extremely important.

Over the past few years, ADL has doc­u­mented the avail­abil­ity of sim­i­lar prob­lem­atic books at sev­eral book fairs in the region. Below are few examples:

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October 29, 2015 0

Moroccan Group Stands Against Anti-Semitism At Pro-Palestinian Rally

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Screen­shot from Moroc­can news­pa­per arti­cle about the petition

A group call­ing them­selves “Moroc­can cit­i­zens united against incite­ment to kill Jews in Morocco” orga­nized a peti­tion to protest the anti-Semitic mes­sage of the “Al-Aqsa Intifada march,” a pro-Palestinian rally held on Octo­ber 25, in the Moroc­can city of Casablanca.

The pro-Palestinian rally drew inter­na­tional media atten­tion for fea­tur­ing men dressed as Ortho­dox Jews being led at gun­point by masked men wear­ing keffiyehs.

Report­edly, the peti­tion against anti-Semitism stated, “Even though it is of course every citizen’s right to pub­licly man­i­fest their sup­port for a cause that they con­sider just, it is obvi­ously ille­gal to call for someone’s death because of their reli­gious beliefs. ” The peti­tion also noted that scenes from the protest are spread­ing fear among the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in Morocco and across the world. It reads in part, “Such anti-Semitic acts are a threat to the secu­rity and the safety of Moroc­can Jews and a threat to [the prin­ci­ples of] co-existence in the coun­try. It is also against val­ues of plu­ral­ism and tol­er­ance which are enforced by the supreme law of the King­dom, which rec­og­nizes the Hebrew com­po­nent as an essen­tial part of the Moroc­can identity.”

Accord­ing to local Moroc­can news sources, more than three thou­sand Moroc­cans already signed the peti­tion, which called upon the Min­is­ters of Inte­rior and Jus­tice to bring their atten­tion to the rally, and hold account­able those respon­si­ble for its anti-Semitic scenes.

Mouna Izd­dine, a spokesper­son for the group, which orga­nized the peti­tion, told a Moroc­can news­pa­per, “The images reported by media out­lets chal­lenge the type of social exam­ple we are try­ing to pro­vide for our chil­dren. As Moroc­cans, regard­less of our faith, we want to live in peace and harmony.”

The vio­lent anti-Semitic mes­sage of the pro-Palestinian march in Casablanca raised con­cern as well for the safety of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in Morocco. Jews in Morocco have a rich his­tory dat­ing back thou­sands of years. They have enjoyed great sup­port from the royal fam­ily, and Moroc­can soci­ety has tra­di­tion­ally been rel­a­tively accept­ing of the Moroc­can Jew­ish community.

The peti­tion orga­niz­ers pro­vide a valu­able learn­ing oppor­tu­nity about tol­er­ance and the fight against anti-Semitism. By stand­ing up against expres­sions of hate that tar­get fel­low Jews, under the guise of sup­port­ing Pales­tini­ans, those Moroc­cans who signed the peti­tion send a clear mes­sage not only to their fel­low Moroc­can Jews but also to the world at large. Their mes­sage is loud and clear; voices of rea­son can­not be silent in the face of hate.

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October 15, 2015 17

Instructional Content On How To Stab Jews Spreads On Social Media

Update — 10/20/15: After alert­ing Google, Face­book and Twit­ter to the prob­lem­atic mate­r­ial cited in this blog post, all the items have been removed by those ser­vices in a prompt manner. 

As vio­lence esca­lates in Israel, con­tent has emerged across social media platforms—including YouTube, Face­book, and Twitter—not only urg­ing peo­ple to stab Jews, but pro­vid­ing instruc­tional infor­ma­tion on how to stab peo­ple and which knives to use.

The fol­low­ing is a sam­pling of Arabic-language posts ADL has iden­ti­fied in the past sev­eral days specif­i­cally pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion about how to stab vic­tims. While such con­tent is avail­able is many lan­guages, the Ara­bic lan­guage con­tent seems geared toward Ara­bic speak­ers in Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is alert­ing var­i­ous social media com­pa­nies about this con­tent. ADL con­tin­ues to work with the indus­try to improve poli­cies and pro­to­cols for the removal of con­tent that trig­gers vio­lence or pro­motes big­otry, con­tent that is con­trary to the com­pa­nies’ terms of service.

ADL con­tin­ues to encour­age the pub­lic to report such con­tent. ADL Cyber-Safety Action Guide pro­vides quick and easy access to com­pany poli­cies and com­plaint forms.

  • A video fea­tur­ing two masked men demon­strat­ing sev­eral stab­bing tech­niques is avail­able on sev­eral YouTube chan­nels. The video, posted on Octo­ber 5, is listed under sev­eral titles, includ­ing “Learn how to stab a Jew.” The video is also cir­cu­lat­ing on Face­book and Twitter.YouTube stab image
  • A num­ber of Twit­ter users started post­ing a graphic last week describ­ing what type of knife should be used for stab­bing attacks in Israel. The image includes the fol­low­ing instruc­tions: “Cir­cu­late: Regard­ing the Youth in the occu­pied lands, they must use ser­rated knives in stab­bing so the air can enter the body of the tar­get, which leads to imme­di­ate death, and the destruc­tion of organs when the knife is pulled.”

“[Right side, in red] Use this”    “[Left side, in green] don’t use this”

Twitter stab image

  •  Other Twit­ter users using an Ara­bic hash­tag “Slaugh­ter­ing the Jews” posted a mes­sage that reads: “Don’t hes­i­tate in using this qual­ity (veg­etable knife) as it’s the strongest in caus­ing pain #Slaugh­ter­ingth­e­Jews.” Below is an exam­ple from Octo­ber 8.Twitter 2 stab image
  • Sev­eral Twit­ter users rec­om­mend attach­ing a cam­era to the knife to record the stab­bing in HD. For exam­ple, the tweet below from Octo­ber 5 includes an image of a GoPro cam­era attached to a knife and hash­tags that trans­late to  “West Bank is upris­ing” “Stab a sol­dier with a knife to lib­er­ate Pales­tine” and  “Intifada started.”Twitter 3 stab image
  • The fol­low­ing image posted on Face­book on Octo­ber 14 shows a dia­gram of the cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem with sug­ges­tions of areas to stab. The image was included with an Ara­bic Face­book hash­tag “Stab.”Facebook stab image.
  • The fol­low­ing image posted on Insta­gram on Octo­ber 12 reads, “When you stab, put poi­son on the knife or soak the knife in vine­gar. Stab with a screw dri­ver and insert it in the neck….stabber stab­ber stab correctly.”Instagram stab image

 

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