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November 4, 2014

Islamic University Of Gaza Conference Promotes Anti-Semitism

A two-day international conference at the Islamic University of Gaza titled “Future of the Zionist-Islamic conflict in Palestine” included blatant expressions of anti-Semitism.islamic-university-gaza

While very few details about the conference are available, one of the panels, according to the University’s website, was called “The future of the Zionist-Muslim conflict in light of ‘TheProtocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.’”

An Al Jazeera report on the conference, which concluded on Sunday, quoted one of the participants, Professor Riyadh Qassim, from the Islamic University in Gaza as saying that the defeat the Jews and the demise of the Zionist entity is a divine promise. Professor Qassim also reportedly listed 12 characteristics of “the Jewish personality” such as “absolute blasphemy in faith, thirst for blood shedding, treachery, violating treaties, manipulation, corruption on earth, and racial superiority.” Such qualities, according to Professor Qassim, will lead to the defeat of the Jews and a victory for Muslims.

The University’s website also indicated that 23 research papers were submitted to the conference by scholars from around the world. The research papers reportedly propagated an Islamist perspective on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, to support the prediction of an Islamic victory over the Jews.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who spoke at the opening session of the conference, expressed his pride in Moataz Hijazi, the Palestinian gunman suspected of the failed targeted terrorist assassination attempt of a Jewish man in Jerusalem last week.

The Islamic University of Gaza was founded by Hamas and includes various schools such as Medicine, Engineering and Islamic law. The University was targeted by Israel in August of 2014 because, according to a spokesperson for the Israeli army, the University “was a Hamas Qassam rocket manufacturing facility, an outpost, a center for weapons research and development, and a Hamas storage facility.”

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May 13, 2014

Al Jazeera Forum For Young Journalists Tainted By Anti-Semitic Article

Al Jazeera Talk, an Arabic-language website launched in 2006 to provide young Arab journalists with a vehicle to showcase their work, published the first in a series of articles today by Iraqi journalist, Taha Al-Ani, on the notorious anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Learned Elders of

In his article, Al-Ani says that he hopes his report on Al Jazeera Talk can “establish an educational ground to our communities to realize the great Jewish threat…”

“…the learned elders of Zion,” Al-Ani writes, seek to “rule the world with tyranny and to spread corruption and immorality.” He also adds:

If threat is considered, the Jews are the biggest threat, if hate is considered, the Jews are the most hateful, if malice is considered, the Jews are the most malicious. If trickery and cunning are considered, the Jews are the best of them! Consider whichever you wish to think about, and you will see that the Jews are the most dangerous nation.

Al Jazeera Talk in Arabic describes itself on its official Facebook page as a vehicle for the younger generation of Arab journalists to receive exposure. It also stresses that such exposure is achieved through “a global forum united by higher humanitarian values to extend bridges of dialog.”

While the website seems to function independently from the Al Jazeera Network, it does have its own terms of services that say, in part, “Any material including defamation, insult or accusation to any person, religion or race will be rejected.”

It is unfortunate that Al Jazeera Talk has allowed such anti-Semitism to taint its efforts to engage younger journalists and audiences through this medium. The article is a dangerous reminder of how some journalists in the Arab world continue to promote anti-Semitism to the younger generations.

According to the Anti-Defamation League’s worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes, The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, the highest concentration of respondents holding anti-Semitic attitudes was found in Middle East and North African countries (“MENA”), where nearly three-quarters of respondents, 74 percent of those polled, agreed with a majority of the anti-Semitic stereotypes that comprise the 11-question index.

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December 17, 2013

Qatari Book Fair Highlighting UK Partnership Marred By Anti-Semitism


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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