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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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November 20, 2013 5

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 13, 2013 2

Iran’s Press TV Claims American Jews Are “Incubating Another Hitler”

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Screen­shot from Bhat’s Press TV article

Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work, has taken its usual viciously anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries a step fur­ther. It now claims not only that Jews are to blame for the Holo­caust, but also that because Jews did not learn from their sup­posed wrongs in Nazi Ger­many that “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” are “incu­bat­ing another Hitler.”

The Novem­ber 9 arti­cle, “Amer­i­can Zion­ists incu­bat­ing another Hitler,” was writ­ten by a Press TV colum­nist named M.I. Bhat, who also writes for the con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today. The Press TV piece was addi­tion­ally pub­lished two days ear­lier in Vet­er­ans Today under the title “Are Amer­i­can Jews incu­bat­ing another Hitler?”

In both arti­cles, Bhat claims that “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” con­trol America’s “banks, Wall Street, media, Hol­ly­wood, mar­kets, politi­cians, for­eign pol­icy, indeed the whole life of Amer­i­cans.” The arti­cle also asserts that the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks were a “false flag” attack com­mit­ted by “Amer­i­can Zion­ist Jews and Israel” to fur­ther their con­trol of Amer­i­can for­eign policy.

Bhat alleges it is “no more a ‘con­spir­acy the­ory’” to state that “Amer­i­can Con­gress and Sen­ate, Gov­er­nors and even City May­ors [sic] are totally and abjectly sold out, body and soul, to the Amer­i­can Zion­ists dol­lars.” He sum­ma­rizes matter-of-factly that “Amer­ica is enslaved by Israel.”

It is typ­i­cal for Press TV to mis­lead­ingly present anti-Semites, both Amer­i­can and for­eign, as seri­ous and cred­i­ble “experts” or “ana­lysts.” Bhat, a retired geol­ogy pro­fes­sor from an Indian uni­ver­sity, does not appear to have any cre­den­tials in the field of “inter­na­tional pol­i­tics,” claim­ing only that such top­ics are his “main attrac­tion” after geology.

Bhat makes no attempt to hide his con­spir­a­to­r­ial think­ing about the sup­pos­edly Zion­ist “Mas­ters of the United States.” He claims this cabal con­trols “democ­racy itself” which has “been reduced to mere com­pe­ti­tion in secur­ing Jew­ish fund­ing and accep­tance by Zion­ist media.”

Bhat does not stop there.

He alleges that Amer­i­cans can trace “every mis­ery” to “Amer­i­can Zion­ists banksters,” who spend their time “deter­min­ing, dom­i­nat­ing, and con­trol­ling every aspect of [Amer­i­cans’] lives– social, moral, polit­i­cal judi­cial and economic.”

Bhat’s over-the-top con­spir­acy the­o­ries are actu­ally quite typ­i­cal of the anti-Jewish pro­pa­ganda ped­dled by Press TV as legit­i­mate news. How­ever, Bhat then goes a step fur­ther, accept­ing the Nazi regime’s anti-Jewish con­spir­acy the­o­ries as his­tor­i­cal fact and blam­ing the Jew­ish vic­tims of the Holo­caust for their fate.

He dis­turbingly con­cludes his arti­cle by imply­ing another Holo­caust is com­ing, this time to Amer­i­can Jews. Bhat writes, “how neatly this descrip­tion [of how Jew­ish con­trol and manip­u­la­tion resulted in all of Germany’s ills] depicts the cur­rent state of affairs of the United States! …Zion­ists don’t seem to draw any lessons from their past actions and expe­ri­ences.” Bhat asks, “If descrip­tion above [sic] of the post-WWI Ger­many is what led the Ger­mans to rally behind Hitler, should it then sur­prise Zion­ists or the world at large if Amer­ica pops up its own Hitler?”

The arti­cle also fea­tures an image of the Nazi regime’s bat­tle flag in which the swastika has been replaced with the Star of David.

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