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May 15, 2014 1

Conference In Qatar Features Anti-Semitism and Pro-Terror Messages

The Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS) held a con­fer­ence ear­lier this week in the Qatari cap­i­tal of Doha called “Al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Al-Aqsa: Between Con­spir­acy and Con­fronta­tion.” The day­long con­fer­ence, which took place on Sun­day, May 11, fea­tured speeches by the direc­tor of Hamas’s for­eign rela­tions depart­ment, Osama Ham­dan, who is based in Lebanon, and by rad­i­cal cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.qatar 2014 conference Al Aqsa

In his speech, Qaradawi reit­er­ated his past anti-Semitic remarks glo­ri­fy­ing the killing of Jews as part of the Islamic tradition.

Accord­ing to the IUMS web­site: “He [Qaradawi] deliv­ered the good news of Mus­lims’ vic­tory over Jews with evi­dence from the Qur’an and Sun­nah includ­ing the say­ing of the Prophet, peace be upon him, ‘The last hour would not come unless you fight the Jews and the stone, with a Jew behind it, would say: oh Mus­lim, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.’”

Qaradawi also reit­er­ated his oppo­si­tion to Abdel Fat­tah Al-Sisi, the for­mer gen­eral who is poised to be elected as Egypt’s next pres­i­dent fol­low­ing elec­tions that will be held later this month. Qaradawi accused Al-Sisi – who led a coup against The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood–affil­i­ated pres­i­dent last year – of being the choice of the Jews. Accord­ing to IUMS’s web­site, Qaradawi also noted the “hap­pi­ness of the Jews” with the Egypt­ian pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. He stated, “the Jews con­sider him their Sisi and not our Sisi.”

For his part, Ham­dan used the plat­form to pro­mote the use of vio­lence against Israel and deny Israel’s right to exist, say­ing “Time has come to encour­age Arabs and Mus­lims to fight for the lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine because rights can’t return with­out force.”

Ham­dan also said, “It’s shame­ful to for­get what was occu­pied in 1948, which is the major­ity of the land of Pales­tine,” and expressed hope that the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion between Hamas and Fatah would lead to a “recon­sid­er­a­tion of the lib­er­a­tion project.”

IUMS is led by Qaradawi and is par­tially spon­sored by the Qatari gov­ern­ment. Qatar’s repeated pro­vi­sion of a plat­form for events marked by anti-Semitism and sup­port for ter­ror­ism calls into ques­tion the country’s claims to be a mod­er­ate and rea­son­able voice in the region. The con­fer­ence is also an exam­ple of the per­va­sive anti-Semitism that exists in the Mid­dle East and North Africa.

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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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January 28, 2014 4

Al Jazeera Poll Goes “The Opposite Direction” On The Holocaust

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A screen­shot of the poll on Al Jazeera’s website

Update – Jan­u­ary 31, 2014: Accord­ing to the results pro­vided on Al Jazeera’s web­site, 95.4% of those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the poll agreed that Bashar Al-Assad crimes in Syria are worse than Hitler’s crimes. 46,641 par­tic­i­pants voted.

The pan-Arab satel­lite tele­vi­sion net­work Al Jazeera is con­duct­ing a poll ask­ing its view­ers to vote on whether they believe Syr­ian pres­i­dent Bashar Al-Assad’s “crimes” are worse than Hitler’s “Nazi crimes.”

The poll, posted on Al Jazeera’s web­site on Jan­u­ary 24, runs through Jan­u­ary 30, when the results will be broad­cast on one of Al Jazeera’s most pop­u­lar live shows, El-Itidjah el-Mouakass [The Oppo­site Direc­tion]. The show often fea­tures debates between guests about top­ics raised in its polls.

While the ongo­ing con­flict in Syria has been one of the most heated issues dis­cussed on the show in recent months, Al Jazeera’s poll ques­tion reflects the degree to which the Holo­caust is mis­un­der­stood and mis­rep­re­sented in the Arab world.

The premise of the poll is inap­pro­pri­ate because it com­pares the death of more than six mil­lion Jews who were not part of any armed con­flict and were anni­hi­lated for no rea­son other than their faith and cul­ture to the human­i­tar­ian cri­sis and vio­lence in Syria.

The show’s host, Dr. Faisal Al-Qassem, posted a link to the poll on his per­sonal Face­book page to encour­age his more than three mil­lion fol­low­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the poll.

Iron­i­cally, most of the com­ments on Al-Qassem’s Face­book page express out­rage against the premise, but for all the wrong rea­sons. “Unlike Bashar, Hitler killed the Jews and not his own peo­ple,” one com­ment reads, sug­gest­ing that Hitler’s crimes are some­how more justified.

Sim­i­larly, other com­ments state that there is no way to com­pare the two at all because, unlike Bashar, “Hitler was defend­ing his people.”

These com­ments and oth­ers demon­strate how the lessons of the Holo­caust are woe­fully mis­un­der­stood, or worse, are grotesquely dis­torted in the Arab World. The poll ques­tion adds to this prob­lem and to the triv­i­al­iza­tion of the Holo­caust, which con­tin­ues to go unex­am­ined in main­stream Arab media.

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