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January 22, 2016 2

The Enemy Of My Enemy Is Still…..A Jew

Saud Al Shureem anti-semitic Tweet

Saud al-Shuraim’s anti-Semitic tweet about the Jewish-Iranian alliance

Over the past month, esca­lat­ing ten­sion in the Mid­dle East between Iran and the Arab Gulf States helped fuel a resur­gence of anti-Semitic state­ments and con­spir­acy the­o­ries about a sup­posed link between Israel and Jews to Iran.

Angered by Iran’s increas­ing influ­ence in the region, promi­nent Arab fig­ures includ­ing politi­cians, reli­gious lead­ers and jour­nal­ists have accused Jews and Israel of secretly sup­port­ing Iran and Shi’a Mus­lims in their war against the Sunni Mus­lim world.

Just last week, promi­nent Saudi scholar, Saud al-Shuraim, an Imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca wrote the fol­low­ing state­ment on his Twit­ter account: “It is no won­der the Safavids [Ira­ni­ans] ally with Jews and Chris­tians against Mus­lims because his­tory tes­ti­fies that this is the case. What is strange are the minds which took too long to under­stand this fact.”

Some went as far as accus­ing “the Jews” of orches­trat­ing Iran’s war against the Sunni Mus­lim world. Jor­dan­ian online news agency Ammon News pub­lished an arti­cle on Jan­u­ary 19, titled “Iran started its holy war on the Sun­nis with the bless­ing of the Jews.”

The online pub­li­ca­tion, Al Khaleej Affairs, which spe­cial­izes in Arab Gulf States’ Affairs, inter­viewed Iraqi Sunni activist Falih Al Shi­bly on Jan­u­ary 21 to talk about the Iran­ian involve­ment in Iraq. In the inter­view Al Shi­bly claimed, “Unfor­tu­nately, there is igno­rance in the region about the Jew­ish sup­ported Per­sian plot.” He added that “This plot is against all Arab coun­tries from the Ara­bian West to the ‘Ara­bian’ Gulf.”

Other anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions included con­spir­acy the­o­ries that the Jew­ish lobby in the U.S. is respon­si­ble for dri­ving America’s pol­icy in Iran’s best inter­ests. Dubai Police Chief, Dahi Khal­fan, whose bizarre state­ments in the past included accus­ing the Jews of being linked to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, claimed on Jan­u­ary 18 that Pres­i­dent Obama is of Shi’a roots and “the sons of Zion” [the Jews] helped him  reach pres­i­dency to “bring Iran and Amer­ica closer.” Khalfan’s state­ments were widely cir­cu­lated in the Arab world.

Such a claim about Jew­ish sup­port for Iran was the sub­ject of sev­eral tweets by for­mer Man­ager of the Dubai Gov­ern­ment Media Office, Dherar Bel­houl Al Falasi, on Jan­u­ary 11. He claimed that Jews revere Iran because it is con­sid­ered a “holy” coun­try in Judaism. He wrote “Jews revere Iran more than ‘Palestine.’”

The ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion ISIS is cap­i­tal­iz­ing on this anti-Semitic trend as well. The fea­tured arti­cle in their most recent English-language mag­a­zine Dabiq issue included a 14-page screed link­ing Jews and Shi’as. The back cover of the mag­a­zine also fea­tured a full page image of Jews pray­ing in a syn­a­gogue with a clear ref­er­ence to the Jews of Isfa­han in Iran.

This anti-Semitic rhetoric is more than just a delu­sional per­spec­tive. It is a tool that has been used time and again to gal­va­nize Arab pub­lic opinion.

These con­spir­acy the­o­ries also fail to rec­og­nize both the very real threat Iran rep­re­sents to the Jew­ish state and the cen­tral­ity of anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda in the ide­ol­ogy embraced by Iran’s rul­ing regime. It is ironic that such accu­sa­tions emerge while Iran is orga­niz­ing  an inter­na­tional car­toon contest–on the Holocaust.

Ten­sion between Iran and the Arab world has a long his­tory, but it has esca­lated notably over the past few months as a result of the Iran nuclear agree­ment and grow­ing con­cern among Arab Gulf States about Iran’s expand­ing regional influ­ence and its involve­ment in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Arab world. Both sides have used the media to prop­a­gate anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions against the other through the lens of their own agen­das. It seems that  Shi’as  and Sun­nis can agree on one thing: blam­ing the Jews for their problems.

In the past, ADL doc­u­mented a num­ber of sim­i­lar con­spir­acy the­o­ries in the Arab world includ­ing that ISIS has Jew­ish roots and that Israel and Jews are linked to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

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May 5, 2014 Off

UAE Book Fair Again Features Anti-Semitic Books

The Abu Dhabi Inter­na­tional Book Fair (ADIBF) in the United Arab Emi­rates, which is open from April 30– May 5th and hosts exhibitors from over 50 coun­tries, includes noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic titles among its offer­ing of over 500,000 titles. The book fair is offi­cially orga­nized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cul­ture Author­ity, under the patron­age of Crown Prince Moham­mad bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in coop­er­a­tion with the Frank­furt Book Fair. Books such as Adolf Hitler’s Mien Kampf and Henry Ford’s noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic newslet­ter, The Inter­na­tional Jew, have been fea­tured along­side rep­utable works on a wide range of top­ics, such as law, soci­ol­ogy and fiction.abu-dhabi-international-book-fair-uae

The ADIBF comes just months after neigh­bor­ing emi­rate Shar­jah fea­tured sev­eral infa­mous anti-Semitic books at the Shar­jah Inter­na­tional Book Fair, includ­ing The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion and con­spir­acy theory-laden Arabic-language titles, such as The Jews and the Secret Move­ments in the Cru­sades.

The anti-Semitic books for sale at the ADIBF are listed under var­i­ous cat­e­gories and clas­si­fi­ca­tions. Adolf Hitler’s noto­ri­ous 1925 auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal man­i­festo is listed under the cat­e­gory “Pol­i­tics,” while the Pro­to­cols is fea­tured under the cat­e­gories “Polit­i­cal Sci­ence” and “Strate­gic and Mil­i­tary Studies.”

The book fair also fea­tures sev­eral Arabic-language anti-Zionist and anti-Israel books pub­lished in the Arab world, such as Zion­ist Ter­ror­ism, The Bar­barism of the Zion­ist Entity and The Tem­ple and the Strate­gic Plans to Judaize Jerusalem.

The guest of honor at this year’s book fair is the King­dom of Swe­den, which will have a spe­cial pavil­ion at the fair. The Swedish Ambas­sador to the United Arab Emi­rate, Max Bjuhr,  attended a spe­cial cer­e­mony hon­or­ing Swe­den ear­lier this week.

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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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