Qatari gov­ern­ment fair of­fers an­tisemitic books like ‘Lies Spread by the Jews’

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By JOSH AXELROD

In an open let­ter to Wil­liam Grant, the US Chief of Mis­son and Chargé d’Af­faires at the US em­bassy in Qatar, the ADL blasted the Doha In­ter­na­tional Book Fair for its in­clu­sion of an­tisemitic texts.

Th­ese in­cluded books like, Lies Spread by the Jews, The Myth of the Nazi Gas Cham­bers, and Tal­mud of Se­crets: Facts Ex­pos­ing the Jewish Schemes to Con­trol the World.

The fair will also pro­mote David Duke’s sem­i­nal an­tisemitic text on Jewish in­flu­ence in the US and Henry Ford’s The In­ter­na­tional Jew, which builds on the ar­gu­ments laid out in the Pro­to­cols of the El­ders of Zion.

“Once again, this high-profile, gov­ern­ment-spon­sored book fair is be­ing used to pro­mote bla­tantly an­tisemitic books that deny the Holo­caust and ac­cuse Jews of con­trol­ling the world and try­ing to un­der­mine Is­lam,” ADL Na­tional Di­rec­tor Jonathan Green­blatt said. “We call on the US em­bassy to make clear to Qatar’s gov­ern­ment that this hate is un­ac­cept­able.”

The event will take place from Novem­ber 29 to De­cem­ber 8 and will see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 30 coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US em­bassy, and the ex­hi­bi­tion of over 100,000 texts.

The book fair man­age­ment de­scribed the event as “not just a mar­ket for book sales and trad­ing, it is a pow­er­ful plat­form of pro­mot­ing in­ter­cul­tural ex­change, and ded­i­cated hu­man val­ues, and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.”

“The 28th edi­tion of the Doha In­ter­na­tional Book Fair is be­ing held in an extraordinary con­text. Our beloved coun­try Qatar is pass­ing through the siege, mak­ing this cul­tural event a spe­cial in­flu­ence for in­tel­lec­tu­als who be­lieve in the role of writ­ers in rais­ing so­cial aware­ness and con­fronting the chal­lenges of the stage,” said Qatar’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Sports, Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali.

“This course is in­tended to en­hance the value of both books and reading in a so­ci­ety that is wit­ness­ing a smooth tran­si­tion to­wards progress in the ar­eas of cul­tural in­no­va­tion and in­dus­try,” he added.

Green­blatt has called on the Qatari gov­ern­ment to re­move the hate­ful texts.

“I ask that you use your con­tacts with the book fair’s gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­niz­ers – and with the Qatari gov­ern­ment more broadly – to en­sure as soon as pos­si­ble that this sort of ha­tred is no longer prop­a­gated at an event that boasts of the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the US Em­bassy,” Green­blatt wrote to Grant in his let­ter.

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