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May 5, 2014 0

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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January 7, 2014 0

United Arab Emirates Bars Another Israeli Athlete from Sporting Competition

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Dan Mori

Update: On Jan­u­ary 12, 2014, the Vitesse foot­ball team issued the fol­low­ing statement:

“In ret­ro­spect, dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions have said there were options to make it pos­si­ble to travel to the UAE with Mori, who is Israeli. The com­plex­ity around orga­niz­ing travel to coun­tries with spe­cific entry pro­ce­dures in a short space of time meant not all the options were uti­lized. Vitesse regrets the com­mo­tion and offers apolo­gies to every­one who feels in any way affected by the deci­sion to exclude Mori.”

Once again, the United Arab Emi­rates has report­edly acted to pre­vent an Israeli ath­lete from enter­ing the coun­try to par­tic­i­pate in a local sport­ing event. Accord­ing to news reports, Dutch soc­cer team Vitesse Arn­hem was informed on Sat­ur­day that Israeli squad mem­ber Dan Mori would not be allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi for upcom­ing soc­cer matches, despite pre­vi­ous assur­ances that Mori would be admit­ted. Vitesse Arn­hem decided to travel to the UAE with­out Mori, a move that drew crit­i­cism from Dutch politi­cians and organizations.

The most well-known inci­dent involv­ing an Israeli ath­lete being barred from the UAE occurred in 2009 when ten­nis player Sha­har Peer was refused a visa to par­tic­i­pate in the Dubai Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship. As a result, a num­ber of inter­na­tional ten­nis stars, includ­ing Venus Williams, pub­li­cally con­demned the visa rejec­tion, and Andy Rod­dick, the 2008 men’s sin­gles cham­pion, with­drew from the tour­na­ment. The Dubai tour­na­ment was heav­ily fined for its actions. Although Peer was granted a visa to par­tic­i­pate in sub­se­quent years, her access and mobil­ity were severely lim­ited by the UAE.

A more recent episode occurred in Decem­ber 2013, when the Israeli under-18 chess team com­peted in the World Youth Chess Cham­pi­onship in Dubai. Accord­ing to reports, the UAE had ini­tially refused to allow the Israeli team to com­pete, but reversed its deci­sion after FIDE – the World Chess Fed­er­a­tion – threat­ened to nul­lify the tournament.

The dif­fi­cul­ties encoun­tered by Israeli ath­letes exist not just in the UAE but across the broader Arab world, and even when Israelis are per­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate they often encounter severe prej­u­dice. An exam­ple of this occurred dur­ing the Octo­ber 2013 FINA Swim­ming World Cup tour­na­ment in Doha, Qatar, when orga­niz­ers report­edly removed an Israeli flag from out­side the aquatic cen­ter where the event was tak­ing place, and TV cov­er­age of a race involv­ing an Israeli swim­mer cov­ered over the Israeli flag on the screen. And dur­ing the same month, the Tunisian Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion was sus­pended from the Davis Cup for one year after Tunisian player Malek Jaziri refused to play a Davis Cup match against Israeli Amir Weintraub.

Most inter­na­tional sport­ing asso­ci­a­tions require that hosts facil­i­tate the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all ath­letes, regard­less of eth­nic­ity or nationality.

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