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May 5, 2014

UAE Book Fair Again Features Anti-Semitic Books

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) in the United Arab Emirates, which is open from April 30- May 5th and hosts exhibitors from over 50 countries, includes notorious anti-Semitic titles among its offering of over 500,000 titles. The book fair is officially organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair. Books such as Adolf Hitler’s Mien Kampf and Henry Ford’s notoriously anti-Semitic newsletter, The International Jew, have been featured alongside reputable works on a wide range of topics, such as law, sociology and fiction.abu-dhabi-international-book-fair-uae

The ADIBF comes just months after neighboring emirate Sharjah featured several infamous anti-Semitic books at the Sharjah International Book Fair, including The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and conspiracy theory-laden Arabic-language titles, such as The Jews and the Secret Movements in the Crusades.

The anti-Semitic books for sale at the ADIBF are listed under various categories and classifications. Adolf Hitler’s notorious 1925 autobiographical manifesto is listed under the category “Politics,” while the Protocols is featured under the categories “Political Science” and “Strategic and Military Studies.”

The book fair also features several Arabic-language anti-Zionist and anti-Israel books published in the Arab world, such as Zionist Terrorism, The Barbarism of the Zionist Entity and The Temple and the Strategic Plans to Judaize Jerusalem.

The guest of honor at this year’s book fair is the Kingdom of Sweden, which will have a special pavilion at the fair. The Swedish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirate, Max Bjuhr,  attended a special ceremony honoring Sweden earlier this week.

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January 17, 2014

Gun Advocates Continue To Misappropriate The Holocaust

The heated political debate over gun control continues to be tainted by the inappropriate use of Holocaust imagery by some gun advocates.nugent-weinstein-gun-control-hitler-nazi

One such analogy suggests that those who support stronger gun control are akin to Hitler or other Nazi figures. Most recently, rock musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent compared film producer Harvey Weinstein to a Nazi propagandist, stating that those who watch Weinstein’s planned film about the National Rifle Association (NRA) “will see that Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alinsky is [sic] alive in the form of a fat punk named Harvey Weinstein, and as he tries to destroy the NRA, it will backfire on him.” He also said that “you have to be brain-dead to believe that the gun-free zones of Chicago and Nuremberg in 1938 are a desirable condition.”

Another historically inaccurate analogy suggests that if those who perished under the Nazis had better access to guns, the regime would not have been able to systematically murder so many Jews and others. For example, in response to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s efforts to improve gun safety in December 2013, NRA board member Scott Bach said, “…if you’re going to be a Jersey City mayor you have to by default be anti-gun…His grandparents were Holocaust survivors according to Wikipedia. So you’ve got to wonder why he is not getting it.”

It must be noted that the small num­ber of per­sonal firearms in the hands of the small num­ber of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000) remain­ing in Ger­many in 1938 could in no way have stopped the total­i­tar­ian power of the Nazi Ger­man state. When they had weapons, Jews could sym­bol­i­cally resist, as they did in the 1943 War­saw Upris­ing and else­where, but could not stop the Nazi geno­cide machine. Gun con­trol did not cause the Holo­caust; Nazism and anti-Semitism did.

Invoking offen­sive Holo­caust analo­gies in discussions of controversial issues is nothing new. Such comparisons have been used by both Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans on a num­ber of issues, and by numerous pub­lic fig­ures when dis­cussing top­ics rang­ing from abor­tion to ani­mal rights to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict to LGBT rights. A spike in offensive Holocaust analogies also followed the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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December 17, 2013

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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