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U.S. State Department Listed as ‘Cultural Partner’ of Abu Dhabi Book Fair Featuring Anti-Semitic Titles

May 2, 2014 12:55 pm 11 comments

An image from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair's website.

The U.S. State Department is listed as a “cultural partner” of the 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which features a number of anti-Semitic publications, the Canada-based Shawarma News blog reported.

listing of English and Arabic titles on display at the Fair, which is currently underway, include Holocaust Denial, The International Jew and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Also exhibited is The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, the second most published book in the Arab world, which promotes the anti-Semitic notion that Jews are planning global domination.

According to the Book Fair’s official website, the U.S. Department of State is among the event’s “cultural partners.” Others include Ikea, France 24, The National Geographic and the French Embassy.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), said the discovery “should surprise no one” and urged the U.S. to disassociate itself from the fair.

“First we call on the State Department to condemn their presence and to condition further sponsorship on assurances it doesn’t happen again,” he told The Algemeiner. “Secondly we urge the Book Fair, which seeks to be viewed as a major world class book-selling venue, to ensure its bookstalls will be hate free. The Wiesenthal Center is prepared to meet with organizers to assist.”

In March, the SWC called on Moroccan Culture Minister Mohammed Amine Sbihi to end the proliferation of anti-Semitic literature at the 2014 Casablanca Book Fair. The Center also reached out to the director of the Frankfurt Book Fair suggesting that “delinquent publishers” of anti-Semitic writings be banned from its November 2014 event.

The U.S. State Department did not immediately reply to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment.

Abu Dhabi’s Book Fair also features titles for the first time about the Holocaust, a subject that has long remained taboo across the Arab world. Arab translations of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, Primo Levi’s If This Is a Man and other works related to the Shoah are on display, according to Aladdin Project, an international organization focused on promoting peaceful intercultural relations, particularly among Jews and Muslims.

Other books on display include The Last Jew of Treblinka by Chil Rajchman and The Destruction of the European Jews, Raul Hilberg’s documentation of the Nazi genocide of European Jews.

The Aladdin Project, which has nine of its own books on display at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, said numerous visitors were for the first time coming across books about the Holocaust in their native Arabic.

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which runs from April 30 to May 5, features over 1,000 exhibitors, 500,000 book titles in 30 languages and an International Conference for Translation.

A screenshot from the Book Fair's website showing the U.S. State Department as a sponsor.


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  • Sadly, I must admit my govt is a global whore, selling herself to the highest bidder. I am ashamed of my govt. I will vote against the current regime, although, it seems I’m swimming against the tide of ignorance who placed these thugs in power.

  • Not surprising about Ikea the founder was an active Nazi As far as the State Dept is anyone surprised it’s riddled with pro Arabs actually not just pro Arab but pro muslim in general

  • I shall no longer shop at Ikea, disgrace. The Caliphate in Waiting is no conspiracy and anyone who dares should do a book on it, guess it would not sell or even be published and the author/s would have a fatwah on them just for telling the truth. The god of lies and deceit satan himself is the god of Islam that is for sure.

  • Every time Arab books are on display anywhere, including as the “schwerpunkt” at the Frankfurt Book Fair, they deliberately include antisemitic titles. People who read Arabic have been complaining about this for years but none of the book fair organisers take the slightest notice. So it stands to reason that they would display this kind of filth in their own countries. Pornography, on the other hand, is strictly prohibited!

  • Why should this be such a big surprise? The State Department is highly anti-Semitic and has been for years. Plus, they and the White House were running guns to Al Queida and the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, culminating in the Benghazi scandal. When are Americans and American Jews going to wake up?

  • Elisheva Cohen

    What would a book fair be without their most popular titles. There are many Arab Desks at the State Department. We know that the State Department is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Jihad.

  • With a Secretary of State who is hostage to Iran, why would anyone be surprised Obamistan is an official sponsor?

    Book Fairs selling books with no hatred are dull affairs.

    Limited presence of the censor here is actually refreshing.

    • Mel, with all due respect, you are an idiot.

    • So, you are okay with The International Jew, Mein Kampf, and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?

      Remind me not to ask you for help if I’m ever in trouble.

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