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April 29, 2014 3

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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April 10, 2014 3

Egyptian Government Website Includes Arabic Copy Of The Protocols

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Intro­duc­tion page to the Pro­to­cols on the SIS website

An Ara­bic copy of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion is avail­able on the Egypt­ian government’s State Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice (SIS) website.

The web­site is described as “Your gate­way to Egypt” and is affil­i­ated with the office of the Pres­i­dent. “Egypt State Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice is the nation’s ‎main infor­ma­tional, aware­ness and pub­lic rela­tions agency. The SIS web­site was launched in 2009 and on 6/9/2012 a decree was issued to trans­fer the affil­i­a­tion of (SIS) from the Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion to the Pres­i­dency of the Repub­lic,” a state­ment on the web­site reads in part.  It is unclear when this PDF copy of the Pro­to­cols was posted to the SIS website

The book is an Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols by an Egypt­ian writer, Abbas el-Akkad. The book first appeared in the early 1960s and includes a warn­ing to the reader that the Jews will fight this book any­where it appears.

The web­site offers other pub­li­ca­tions and arti­cles on Egypt’s cul­ture, his­tory and pol­i­tics orga­nized by sec­tions. The Pro­to­cols, how­ever, is avail­able on the web­site with­out any clas­si­fi­ca­tion or edi­to­r­ial lan­guage and can be accessed via a direct link or through a tra­di­tional search engine.

While anti-Semitism themes are not new in Egypt or to its elected offi­cials, a gov­ern­ment web­site pro­vid­ing access to the Pro­to­cols is a trou­bling reminder of just how steeped these nar­ra­tives are in Egypt­ian society.

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October 2, 2013 4

“Haters of Israel” Facebook Page Surpasses 1 Million “Likes”

The Arabic-language “Haters of Israel” Face­book page, cre­ated in 2011 by a group of Egyp­tians, has attracted over 1,100,000 “likes.” 18–24 year-olds make up the largest demographic.haters-of-israel-facebook

Inter­est­ingly, a major­ity of the posts on the page have lit­tle or noth­ing to do with Israel, a tes­ti­mony to the fun­da­men­tal pop­u­lar­ity such a title has in much of the Arab world.

The page func­tions as a pop­u­lar forum for those who either iden­tify as haters of Israel or who appre­ci­ate the wide appeal gen­er­ated by the page; some use the page to adver­tise their own pages and profiles.

Many Face­book pages strive to have a frac­tion of the “likes” this page has gen­er­ated, but fail to acquire such a mas­sive fol­low­ing. One pos­si­ble rea­son is the sim­plic­ity of the title and the clear state­ment it makes about one’s iden­tity. To be asso­ci­ated with such a clear mes­sage adds def­i­n­i­tion to one’s online pres­ence and is desir­able regard­less of what the con­tent ulti­mately is. 

That is not to say that the page is devoid of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic mes­sages. For exam­ple, one user posted a well-known Holo­caust photo of corpses loaded onto a truck with a cap­tion that reads, “Guess what is on this cute wagon… Yes, cor­rect, ha ha ha… These are the remains of the Jew­ish corpses from the Holo­caust exe­cuted by Hitler the hero.”

“Haters of Israel” is hardly the only page of its kind. Face­book users have cre­ated numer­ous pages glo­ri­fy­ing Hitler and demo­niz­ing Israel and Jews in mul­ti­ple lan­guages that have attracted an innu­mer­able amount of “likes.”protocols-elders-zion-facebook

For exam­ple, another Ara­bic lan­guage Face­book page is pro­vid­ing chap­ters of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery, The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Accord­ing to the descrip­tion pro­vided by the Face­book page, its objec­tive is to “Expose the Jewish/ Israeli plan to con­trol and dom­i­nate the world through their immoral plan known as ‘The pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.’”

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