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April 29, 2014

Tehran Book Fair To Feature Works By Anti-Semites, Holocaust Deniers

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27th Tehran International Book Fair

An annual book fair in Tehran, hosted by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, is set to include domestic and foreign-published anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying books, including the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and works by notorious American racist David Duke.

President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to preside over the opening of the fair, the 27th annual Tehran International Book Fair, at the Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds on April 29. The fair will then be open to the general public from April 30 to May 10. Several high-ranking government officials will accompany Rouhani at the opening festivities, including Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Janati, the director of the fair Abbas Salehi, and Hassan Hashemi, the governor of Tehran.

The book fair will feature literary works authored by Iranian, Arab and Western writers. The fair’s selection of Farsi-language titles include several books dealing with Zionism, alleged Jewish control over Hollywood and the U.S. government, and Holocaust denial.

Among the books that will be offered, according to the fair’s website, is a Farsi translation of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, and Iranian-authored books on Holocaust denial, such as Half Hidden: Legend-Building of the Holocaust.

The list of anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying books authored by Westerners is disturbing. Among the books that will be featured is American Holocaust denier and anti-Semite Michael Hoffman’s The Israeli Holocaust Against the Palestinians, and Jewish Supremacists (titled in Farsi: Holocaust! A Report on the Depth of Jewish and Zionist Influence in all Organs of the United States of America) by David Duke. A translated collection of essays on the alleged excessive power of the American pro-Israel lobby by American academic John Mearsheimer is also listed on the fair’s website.

Many of the anti-Semitic titles originating from the West will appear in translated editions for Iran’s Farsi-speaking audience.

In 2013, similar titles, particularly Arabic translations of the Protocols, appeared at international book fairs held in neighboring Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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December 26, 2013

Anti-Semites Take Credit For Mainstreaming Anti-Israel Sentiment

Anti-Semite Patrick Slattery and anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald have asserted that mainstream figures have adopted their anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views in end-of-year fund-raising appeals.  david-duke-anti-israel

Slattery, who made an appeal to supporters on behalf of his close associate David Duke, claims that Duke influenced mainstream figures like Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and musician Roger Waters in their views on Israel and the “Israel lobby.” 

Slattery asserts that Waters sounded like Duke when Waters talked about a powerful “Jewish lobby” in the U.S. in an interview in CounterPunch Magazine.  In that same interview, Waters also claimed that the Jewish lobby prevented more celebrities from joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Likewise, Slattery argues that Mearsheimer and Walt sounded like Duke when “they published their book on the power of the Israel Lobby.” The two professors wrote a 2008 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, in which they assert that the “Israel lobby” uses pressure to stifle criticism of Israel and to ensure America’s pro-Israel policy, against America’s true interests.

In the appeal, Slattery writes, “These people sound like Dr. Duke because, directly or indirectly, they are getting their information, their examples, their sources, their ideas, their narrative from him.”

In MacDonald’s fund-raising letter to supporters of Occidental Observer, an anti-Semitic online magazine he edits, he also cited Waters’ statements in Counter-Punch and the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions as proof that more mainstream groups have accepted his view that Israel is a “pariah state.”

MacDonald writes, “There has been a noticeable increase in criticism of Israel,” and takes credit for attacking the Jewish state and the “Israel lobby” in various columns in the Occidental Observer.

While certain anti-Israel campaigns have occasionally received mainstream attention, there is no linkage between these campaigns and white supremacists like MacDonald and Duke.

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August 21, 2013

Al Jazeera America Debut Featuring Stephen Walt Casts Doubt Over Network’s Objectivity

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Stephen Walt (right) appears on Al Jazeera America

August 20 marked the much anticipated premiere of Al Jazeera America, the Qatari government-backed 24-hour news broadcaster that has sought to make greater inroads in the American market in recent years. Although the network has striven to assure the public that it will present the news in an objective manner, Al Jazeera America’s debut news segment cast immediate doubt over its impartiality.

Their program on Tuesday featured an interview with anti-Israel professor and author Stephen Walt discussing the turmoil in Egypt. Al Jazeera’s choice of Walt as its first guest raises early questions regarding the network’s claimed intention to provide the American public stories that are “impartial, accurate and comprehensive.” 

Stephen Walt, an International Affairs Professor at the Kennedy School of Government, is best known for his anti-Israel position as described in his 2007 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” co-authored with John Mearsheimer. Walt is a proponent of a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has several times accused the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. of exercising excessive power to stifle criticism of Israel.

Prior to the launch of Al Jazeera America, the network received considerable praise from journalists, such as Soledad O’Brien and John Seigenthaler, who were assured that the new station would focus more on American issues and less on opinions and international news. According to Ehab Al Shihabi, Al Jazeera America’s acting chief executive, “Al Jazeera America will air fact-based, unbiased and in-depth news.” 

Since the Qatar-based network announced the creation of Al Jazeera America in early 2013, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed its ongoing concerns about the pan-Arab satellite network’s “troubling record” of providing a platform to all manner of virulent anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic extremists. Al Jazeera America’s decision to feature Walt on its inaugural broadcast was not an auspicious beginning.

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