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September 10, 2015

Arabic-Language Anti-Semitic “Jewish Encyclopedia” For Sale On Amazon

The Jews, The Illustrated Encyclopedia

“The Jews, The Illustrated Encyclopedia”

Unlike most encyclopedias, which attempt to offer unbiased content on a subject, the Arabic-language book, Al Yahood  Al Mawsua Al Musawra  [The Jews, The Illustrated Encyclopedia] by Dr. Tareq Al-Suwaidan states a different goal in its introduction: to help learn about Jews and “their wickedness, treason, and deception which they practiced with all nations so not to be deceived by them and by their promises of false peace.”

The book, which is currently available on Amazon for $53.00, includes classic anti-Semitic narratives, Holocaust denial, and other fallacies to defame Jews. The book dedicates entire sections to discussing how Jews control the media and politics, while another chapter explains how Jews exploit women.

The introduction of this encyclopedia includes 11 points described as “The Book Goals,” which summarize the anti-Semitic nature of this encyclopedia. For example, one goal is “to learn about the most hostile enemies of the Ummah [Muslim nation]” and to “prove with evidence that the Jewish faith, which was falsified, encourages them to betray and deceive. It plants in their souls that they are a unique group of humans and they are allowed to exploit others in the most wicked ways.”

Under a section dedicated to discussing the Holocaust, the encyclopedia states, “Through huge media and propaganda campaigns, the Jews used what happened at the hands of the Nazis, to a small number of them, to gain emotional and financial support from states around the world.” This section also claims the well-documented number of Jews who were killed in the Holocaust may have been greatly exaggerated, citing claims the number was not 6 million, but rather less than 20,000.

The encyclopedia’s first chapter about Jewish history concludes with a text box that summarizes,, “This demonstrates that most of the world’s nations couldn’t live in harmony with the Jews because of the low characteristics they carry, such as the ill treatment of others, deception, greed and voracity which keeps resurging over the ages.”

The Jews, The Illustrated Encyclopedia is not the only anti-Semitic book sold by online retailers such as Amazon. However, notorious anti-Semitic books sold online, such as the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, are often sold with an editorial review, that explains the anti-Semitic nature of the book. ADL is currently in contact with Amazon regarding including a similar editorial review in Arabic for The Jews, The Illustrated Encyclopedia to contextualize the encyclopedia’s true nature to the Arab reader.

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August 26, 2015

Holocaust Analogies Continue To Taint Discourse On Wide Range Of Issues

The charged polit­i­cal debates over issues ranging from Iran to abortion continue to be tainted by inap­pro­pri­ate invo­ca­tions of Hitler, Nazis, and gen­eral Holo­caust imagery.huckabee-israel-holocaust-oven-tweet-twitter

These misplaced and offensive com­par­isons, made by politicians, pun­dits, and oth­er public figures,  trivialize this unique tragedy in human history.  They not only rely on historically incor­rect premises and exag­ger­a­tions, but also deflect atten­tion away from impor­tant national discussions.

For example, U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz recently sent letters to pastors throughout the U.S. to encourage them to speak out against Planned Parenthood, claiming that abortion represents an “ongoing holocaust.” Of course, invoking the Holocaust in the discussions on abortion is nothing new.

The Iran deal is also an area where offensive Holocaust analogies have been increasingly cropping up. On July 26, for example, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee stated in an interview that President Obama’s policies on Iran will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Huckabee’s campaign also highlighted this inappropriate comparison in a graphic on Twitter.

The analogies are not only used by politicians.  In a sign of how our public discourse has coarsened, critics of public officials also invoke Nazi analogies.  When New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler publicly supported the proposed agreement on Iran, he reportedly was swamped with hateful messages on social media.  One commentator referred to him as a “kappo,” a reference to Jews who worked for the Nazis in concentration camps.  curt-schilling-muslims-hitler-tweet-twitter

The Holocaust comparisons are not limited to the political world either. On August 25, ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst and former major league pitcher Curt Schilling shared a post on Twitter that compared extremist Muslims to Nazis. The tweet suggested that a similar percentage of Muslims are extremists as Germans were Nazis. It also included an image of Hitler.

Such inappropriate Holocaust references seem to surface around almost any controversial issue. For example, during the charged polit­i­cal debate over gun con­trol in the after­math of the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School shoot­ing, there was a flurry of inap­pro­pri­ate invo­ca­tions of Hitler, Nazis, and gen­eral Holo­caust imagery by public figures.  Opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act engendered similarly offensive comparisons.

Public discourse today is seriously lacking in civility and respect for different perspectives on important issues.  One unfortunate example of this lack of civility is repeated inappropriate references to the Holocaust.  It is long past time for public officials and public officials to stop invoking the Holocaust in an effort to score political points.

* As a 501(c )(3) non-profit orga­ni­za­tion, the Anti-Defamation League does not sup­port or oppose can­di­dates for polit­i­cal office.

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August 19, 2015

Holocaust Comparisons in Arab Media Examination of the Horrifying Death of a Palestinian Child

There has been intense focus on the reactions within Israeli society following the horrific attack on two houses in the West Bank village of Duma, resulting in the death of toddler Ali Dawabsheh, the subsequent death of his father, Saed and the wounding of his brother and mother.  The apparent price tag attack, perpetrated by extremist Israeli Jews, has led to much soul searching among public Israeli political and religious figures, and among the population at large.

The Arab world also paid close attention to this heinous incident.  And, not surprisingly, many characterized the incident as merely part of Israel’s long history of crimes against the Palestinians (such as the burning of Mohammed Abu Khdeir by Jews in July of 2014), or have claimed that PM Netanyahu is personally responsible for the toddler’s death, and this attack reflected Israel’s culture of hate.

Some in the Arab world used Nazi imagery and Holocaust comparisons, including equating PM Netanyahu to Hitler and the burning of the infant to the Holocaust; and claimed that Israel has not only adopted Nazi practices, but it has focused them on Palestinian children.

One cartoon, for example, appearing both in Gaza’s Filastin newspaper (Aug. 2) and circulated on Twitter, shows Israeli PM Netanyahu performing a Nazi Salute with the burning baby in the backdrop, framing the attack as no less than a “Holocaust”.

Another, published in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Watan newspaper (Aug. 3) shows the arm of an ultra-orthodox Jew forming a swastika while holding a Molotov cocktail.

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The cartoon’s headline: “The crime of burning the Palestinian infant.”

The use of such comparisons similarly appears in opinion pieces in the Arab press. “No one can deny that the Nazis are murderers and that they perpetrated the crime of the Holocaust, which innocent Jews, some say millions, fell victim to.”, said one article in Jordan’s Ar-Rai newspaper (August 2), which went on to parallel the attack with those perpetrated by the Nazis, even drawing on the Torah. “But more criminal than them is the victim who imitated the murderer and who didn’t learn the lessons of history: instead of reacting to what Hitler and his gang did by treating with tolerance and peaceful coexistence the people whose land it forcefully occupied – it resorted to the same Nazi methods. Therefore, this criminal who killed the Palestinian infant, burned his family’s home and gravely wounded them, considers himself to be a Torah “hero”…”.

The cartoon’s headline: “After the burning of the Palestinian infant Ali Dawabsheh to death”.

The cartoon’s headline: “After the burning of the Palestinian infant Ali Dawabsheh to death”.

Other such articles charged that Israel not only uses Nazi methods, but it specifically focuses on Palestinian children in applying them. An Egyptian daily (Al-Yawm As-Sabi, August 1) argued this is common for Israel,  writing:  “The crime of burning a Palestinian infant at the hand of Israeli settlers yesterday, Friday, in southern Nablus in the occupied West Bank – wasn’t the first against Palestine. Surely it won’t be the last, since official documents and statistics indicate that Israel is an entity which has made a habit of targeting children in every form, including the use of fire. This brings back to mind the Nazi party’s crimes known as the Holocaust.”

Another article simply refers to a “Holocaust of the children of Palestine”: “On Friday, at exactly 2:30 am, took place in Duma village south of Nablus the most loathsome crime since the burning of the martyr Mohammed Abu Khdeir ..… the village insisted on bidding farewell to another martyr, the village’s martyr, 18 month old Ai Saad Dawabsheh. He was burned by settlers in cold blood, before the eyes and ears of the world, who stood silently in the face of the Holocaust of the children of Palestine…” (August 3, Filastin, Gaza).

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