Frankfurt book fair’s ‘hate texts’

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - by toby ax­el­rod Berlin

the si­Mon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre has urged the Frankfurt Book Fair to take action af­ter dis­cov­er­ing al­legedly an­ti­semitic texts at the event.

there had been no re­sponse at press time from the fair or­gan­is­ers.

in a let­ter to book-fair di­rec­tor Jür­gen Boos, shi­mon sa­muels of the Wiesen­thal Cen­tre re­ported that sev­eral books in the stands of turkey, egypt, Pales­tine and iran were “in vi­o­la­tion of their con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions to the Frankfurt Book Fair — among them are chronic an­nual re­cidi­vists.

“Con­se­quently, our cen­tre urges you to promptly con­fis­cate th­ese of­fen­sive texts and to black­list the re­spec­tive ex­hibitors from par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 60th Fair in 2009.”

turkey is spe­cial guest at this year’s fair. in past years, an­ti­semitic texts — in­clud­ing vol­umes banned in Ger­many, such as hoax Pro­to­cols of the El­ders of Zion — have been found. among books avail­able this week on the exhibit shelves of turk­ish pub­lish­ers and on sale at the of­fi­cial turk­ish stand were vol­umes spec­u­lat­ing on the Jewish ori­gins of turk­ish politi­cians, books al­leg­ing Jewish con­trol of Pres­i­dent Bush and an­other al­leg­ing is­raeli con­trol of turkey.

in his let­ter to Mr Boos, Mr sa­muels said that the cen­tre ex­pected ankara “to curb the dis­sem­i­na­tion of an­tisemitism, con­so­nant with its com­mit­ments as a mem­ber of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for se­cu­rity and Co­op­er­a­tion in europe and its as­pi­ra­tions to mem­ber­ship in the euro­pean union”.

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