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October 14, 2013 12:44 pm

Egypt’s Al Ahram Group Displays Hate Literature at Frankfurt Book Fair

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"The Palestinians and the Loss of the Forbidden," by Imad Sayid Ahmad, published by Al Ahram Center, Cairo, in 2010, shows an Israeli soldier sharpening a knife to slaughter two caged chickens in a cockfight, marked Fatah and Hamas, respectively. Photo: Simon Wiesenthal Center.

"The Palestinians and the Loss of the Forbidden," by Imad Sayid Ahmad, published by the Al Ahram Center, Cairo, in 2010, shows an Israeli soldier sharpening a knife to slaughter two caged chickens in a cockfight, marked Fatah and Hamas, respectively. Photo: Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Egypt’s Al Ahram Publishing Center was the highest profile purveyor of hate literature at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest, which has been inspected annually by Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

In a statement, SWC said its dubious “Worst Offender 2013″ prize was awarded to Egypt, led by Al Ahram (Hall 5.0 D132), which also publishes the widely-read Egyptian daily, and The Arab Publishers Association (Hall 50 E109.)

The books on display included “The Palestinians and the Loss of the Forbidden,” by Imad Sayid Ahmad, published by the Al Ahram Center, Cairo,  in 2010. The SWC said the cover shows an Israeli soldier sharpening a knife to slaughter two caged chickens in a cockfight, marked Fatah and Hamas, respectively.

“Iran – The Sleeping Wolves,” by Mamduh Abdul Mun’am, from Al Ahram, Cairo, in 2012, features an Iranian conspiracy theory of Jewish control of the United States.

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“Frankfurt’s role as the reference point for regional book fairs could have a major influence on the Tehran Fair’s Holocaust denial industry and the Cairo and Casablanca Book Fairs’ tolerance for obsessive-compulsive displays of world Jewish conspiracies,” SWC international director Dr. Shimon Samuels said.

The 2013 conference, which features some 7,400 exhibitors from 100 countries meeting 300,000 book buyers and sellers, was the 11th for SWC. Samuels said the Fair’s President, Juergen Boos, should be applauded for heeding SWC’s previous reports about  anti-Semitic literature displayed on Turkish stands and those of Malaysia, its “Worst Offender 2011.”

In response to pressure from the Fair, the Turkish Publishers’ Association instituted a silver-sticker policy to vetting display materials. As a result, SWC said Turkey’s 56 stands were hate-free in 2013, as were those of the 19 Malaysian exhibitors.

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  • iche

    ….. conspiracy theory of Jewish control of the United States…..

    Interesting ! I did not know OBAMA is jewish

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    I guess the more things change, the more it remains the same. The world antisemitic attitude toward the Jews is here to remain.

  • Fred

    I agree what better place to do it but Germany. Where the 3 wise monkeys preside. I see no evil, I hear no evil, I speak no evil. Germany is sympathetic to the Arab causes it soothes its guilt.

  • Sandy Brown

    I have not seen stuff like that here in London. But then I do not think they are allowed. I only go to the shop to buy books, not to book fairs. Reading “Hanns and Rudolf” about Rudolf Hoess being captured. It is very good.

  • This is standard fare for the Frankfurt Book Fair. A few years ago, the Arab Countries were the “schwerpunkt” the guests of honour for the Fair and they gleefully displayed masses of antisemitic literature in the special display, all of it in Arabic of course. The Fair organisers received complaints and studiously ignored them. I am so glad the Simon Wiesenthal Center is taking a stand.

  • Debra Michels

    Thank you, Simon Wiesenthal Center! Got to give them another donation!

  • Efram Paul

    Why do I suspect that they had many customers?

  • Well at least my first novel “Soul Saviour” was displayed at the Frankfurt Book Fair it is sympathetic towards Israel and puts the boot in to the Palestinians and Islamists.

    The more recently published sequel – “Get Emily” is even more pro-Israeli as is Book 3 “For Anastasia” which will be published around Christmas this year. Hopefully these novels end up carrying far more weight than any Palestinian and Islamist propaganda!

    • Debra Michels

      Good for you, Mr. Lloyd! I’m so glad your books are out there. I’ll look for them at amazon.com!

    • That’s good to hear.
      I hope you get your facts right….most people haven’t a clue as to Jewish legal rights in international law in the Holy Land.

      Before you write, try to read Howard Grief’s “The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law”, which is set in an historical context.
      He was (recently deceased) the world’s leading authority on the subject.

      • E benAbuya

        Great resource, thanks.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    And what better place to do it. Ah Germany.

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