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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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December 3, 2013 0

Denver Conference To Feature Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorists

The Mus­lim Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion – Per­sian Speak­ing Group (MSA-PSG) will hold its 43rd annual con­fer­ence in Den­ver, Col­orado, which will draw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of sev­eral anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers.msa-psg-iran-denver

The con­fer­ence, titled “Await­ing the Sav­ior,” is sched­uled for Decem­ber 26–29 and will include lec­tures and work­shop ses­sions with the pur­ported aim to dis­cuss “how Islam can help guide us in our await­ing time to be the true sup­port­ers of our Imam,” also known as the Mahdi, a mes­sianic fig­ure for Shi’a Muslims. 

The MSA-PGA was founded in 1970 by Mostafa Cham­ron, an Iran­ian anti-Shah activist when he was a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia – Berke­ley. Cham­ron sub­se­quently returned to Iran after the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion and served as defense min­is­ter and a mem­ber of par­lia­ment for the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran.

The orga­ni­za­tion has a his­tory of invit­ing anti-Semitic speak­ers and extrem­ists to its annual con­fer­ence. Among the list of speak­ers invited this year, and in pre­vi­ous years, are Muham­mad al Asi and Abdul Alim Musa. Al Asi and Musa are fre­quently invited to speak at anti-Israel events on cam­pus where they engage in anti-Semitic rhetoric dur­ing their speeches and lec­tures. Addi­tion­ally, both indi­vid­u­als have pub­licly sworn alle­giance to Iran’s supreme leader, Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei. Musa is also the leader of Sabiqun, an anti-Semitic Mus­lim group that advo­cates for the cre­ation of a global Islamic state.

Anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists Mark Glenn and Mark Dankof are also invited to speak at this year’s event. At the 2012 annual MSA-PSG con­fer­ence, Dankof made a series of con­spir­a­to­r­ial and anti-Semitic claims that Mus­lims and Chris­tians are under threat by Zion­ists. More­over, Dankof made a series of alle­ga­tions that Jews are in con­trol of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics and media, and that Jew­ish con­spir­a­cies are behind impor­tant U.S. events, such as the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy and the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

The orga­ni­za­tion, which is pri­mar­ily based in Los Ange­les, adheres to the strict prin­ci­ples of Twelver Shi’a Islam and the vir­u­lently anti-Semitic and anti-West ide­ol­ogy of the founder of the Islamic Repub­lic, Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini. Con­trary to its name, mem­bers of the MSA-PSG are not nec­es­sar­ily stu­dents. Many mem­bers are of Pak­istani or South Asian ori­gins who have pre­vi­ously spent time at Iran­ian sem­i­nar­ies and reli­gious insti­tu­tions. Pre­vi­ous years’ con­fer­ences have pri­mar­ily been held in Hous­ton and Chicago.

Another sched­uled speaker is Hamza Soda­gar, an Iranian-born cleric. At the 2010 Mus­lim Con­gress (MC) con­ven­tion, Soda­gar made sev­eral con­spir­a­to­r­ial charges, includ­ing one where he alleged Zion­ist con­trol over U.S. Muslims.

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November 22, 2013 0

Anti-Semitic Iran Film Festival Appeals To U.S. Extremists

The Office of Cul­tural Stud­ies for the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion, an Iran­ian non-governmental orga­ni­za­tion that enjoys sup­port from high-ranking offi­cials in the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, will hold the 4th annual Ammar Pop­u­lar Film Fes­ti­val (APFF) in Tehran from Jan­u­ary 3–11, 2014.ammar-film-festival-iran

The film fes­ti­val, which is named after one of the com­pan­ions of the Prophet Moham­mad, is solic­it­ing films on anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic top­ics. These include: “False-flag attacks: The Sep­tem­ber 11th attacks, the role of the Zion­ist Lobby and neo­cons, the Israeli attack to USS Lib­erty,” “the power of the Zion­ist Lobby in the US and Europe, includ­ing Chris­t­ian Zion­ism,” “ The role of Israeli Lob­bies in pro­mot­ing war,” and “Resis­tance against Zion­ist, not only in Pales­tine but also in USA and Europe.” The best sub­mis­sions will be entered into a competition.

The afore­men­tioned cat­e­gories only appear on the festival’s Eng­lish lan­guage web­site, which may sug­gest that orga­niz­ers are specif­i­cally seek­ing sub­mis­sions from extrem­ists that have pre­vi­ously been given a plat­form in Iran.

Con­sid­er­ing the con­spir­a­to­r­ial top­ics for this year’s sub­mis­sions, it is no sur­prise that the APFF has attracted inter­est from anti-Semites from out­side Iran, includ­ing Amer­i­can anti-Semites such as Holo­caust denier Michael Hoff­man, the edi­tor of the con­spir­a­to­r­ial Vet­er­ans Today, Gor­don Duff, and fre­quent Press TV con­trib­u­tor Mark Glenn.

Amer­i­can anti-Semites have been fre­quent par­tic­i­pants in anti-Semitic and Holo­caust deny­ing con­fer­ences in Iran, often under the guise of pro­mot­ing cul­tural and aca­d­e­mic under­stand­ing.  They also fre­quently appear on Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news network.

Last year’s APFF included a meet­ing with Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei who encour­aged the audi­ence to incor­po­rate polit­i­cal mes­sages into films. He stated, “…cer­tain orga­ni­za­tions which pro­mote west­ern art such as Hol­ly­wood are com­pletely polit­i­cal. If it is not like this, why do they not allow Iran­ian films which are anti-Zionist to be nom­i­nated at film festivals?”

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