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March 2, 2015 10:38 pm

Jewish Group Shocked by US Support of Muscat International Book Fair, a ‘Hothouse of Antisemitic Hate’

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The Muscat International Book Fair features antisemitic texts including Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Photo: Muscat International Book Fair.

Major Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday lamented US participation and support of the 19th annual Muscat International Book Fair (MIBF), a literary event which is rife with antisemitic texts.

Shimon Samuels, the Center’s director for International Relations, sent a letter to the United States Ambassador to Muscat, Greta Holtz, urging the US Embassy in Oman to condemn the Fair, which is open to the public until March 7. He characterized the MIBF as a “hothouse of antisemitic hate” and asked the Embassy to withdraw its participation and “investigate those in the embassy responsible for this offensive embarrassment.”

“Oman is ostensibly a Western ally, threatened by Iranian mayhem and nuclear intentions. Yet its monarchy incomprehensibly permits on its soil a literary cesspool that can only encourage the most extreme of Islamic jihadists,” Samuels wrote.

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He expressed outrage “at the volume of antisemitic texts on bookshelves of the current Muscat Fair and shock that the US Embassy’s participation could be presented as, ‘to support mutual understanding and exchange,'” quoting a statement released by the Embassy in Muscat. The embassy also said it is “honored to have participated in the fair every year since it was founded 18 years ago and looks forward to many more.”

Samuel’s letter included a “tip of the iceberg section” where he listed 38 antisemitic books featured at the MIBF, including titles such as Secrets of the Racist Jews, Get Ready to Fight the Jews, The Truth in the Secret Relations Between Zionism and Nazism and Adolf Hitler’s notorious memoir Mein Kampf. Samuels said “the gory intent to foment anti-Jewish violence is visually self-explanatory at a time of surging antisemitic terrorism.”

Among the books featured at the Fair are those that attack Jewish religious texts, such as The Torah – The Arch-Enemy of the Semite, while others promote anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, like Who is Behind the September Events and the two part series The Great Conspiracy to Control the World. Other books at the Fair include American literary classics and works on US culture, history, society, politics, business, education, and entrepreneurship, according to a statement released by the Embassy.

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  • E Pluribus Wombat

    I think we can agree that the Obama administration is profoundly antisemitic and is working actively to harm/kill/exterminate the Jews.

  • Liz Wagner

    Unfortunately, as far as bigotry goes, hatred of Jews “doesn’t count.”

  • There is no other reason in what some say about the Jews than an antisemitic hatred. That is not to say all People, Christian, Muslim, Agnostic’s or whatever faith one gives credence to, that they hate the Jews. While some hate all Jews not All hate even some Jews! One can use the word till they are wracked in the face from exhaustion but they cannot hate what it is they do not know!

    “..I have struggled hard to overcome ..hatred of those who cruelly destroyed my early life ..my family and almost succeeded in exterminating my people. ..I have come to realise ..there are no basically evil nations or racial groups. ..There are only evil people ..seekers after wealth or power.” Maja Abramowitch.

  • Dante

    I think there is aword for it: Treason.

  • Lynn K. Circle

    Hatemongers will never die. I think they hate us for our ethics, our valuing human lives (even theirs), and the simple fact that the average Jew is a better person than they are.

    Most are also failures in life. Rather that look to their own behaviors which caused them to fail, they blame us.

    This is the reason why I believe that every Jew should be competent in the use of firearms and, where it is legal, carry a concealed handgun at all times. We hope and pray we will die without ever having to use it, but at least we won’t go down without fighting back.

    Sincerely yours,
    (Mr.) Lynn K. Circle

  • victoria brandeis

    INTERESTING THAT YOU STAND UP WHEN YOU LIKE IT AND WHEN IT TRULY AFFECTS THE HAREIDI MOVEMENT YOU ARE SILENT…….THE ONE MOST WONDERFUL ASPECT OF LOOKING AT ALL OF THIS ARE
    THE BLACK HATS……THE SWING TAILS OF A TALIS…….THE WAVING HANDS HOLDING CHILDREN AND THE SOFT PRAYERS THAT WAIVE THROUGH THE NARROW PATHS OF JERUSALEM AND SNAKING AROUND TILL ALL ASPECTS OF THIS ‘HEART OF THE WORLD’ IS COVERED IN PRAYER.

    MR. WIESAL, MR. WHOEVER YOU ARE AT THIS CENTRE….WHEN YOU BANK IN WITH 100% JEWISH CONTENT I WILL RESPECT YOU…..AND WHEN YOU CARE MORE FOR WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR TRIBE INSTEAD OF MAULING THEM OVER TO FIT IN ‘YOUR BOX’….LET ISRAEL SPEAK FOR ITSELF…. YOUR VOICE IS EMBARRASSING AND SINGLING OUT ONLY WHAT YOUR INTERESTS INCLUDE.

    SEPARATION SEEMS TO BE AN ISSUE FOR YOU AND THEREFORE YOUR TOGETHERNESS IS FAR MORE A STAB IN THE BACK ESPECIALLY WHEN ‘ WERE BLIND TO ITS SURGE’

    • Emphasis, expressed in hysterical tone using CAPITAL LETTERS is a sign of personality disorder, mostly paranoia.

      Some works on Graphology will tell you more detailed information.

  • Joy

    Of course, with King Barry at the helm (and Mashed Potato Face at State), such a book fair would fall right in line with their treasonous and ignorant policies. That we are represented by such pathetic creatures (Kerry no improvement over Mme Pants Suit)is one of those very low periods in our nation’s history that, as a believer in G-d, I do have faith we will ultimately survive.

    • Unfortunately, U.S. Embassy support for this “event” predates the Obama administration by a number of years.

  • judithg

    when the president is an anti semitic crackpot anything is possible and nothing evil is shocking.

  • Reform School

    There is a 1,400-year-old conspiracy to conquer the world. It is called ISLAM.

  • zbrk

    “The embassy also said it is ‘honored to have participated in the fair every year since it was founded 18 years ago and looks forward to many more.'”

    This is not something that can solely be blamed on the current US administration. However, they have certainly sat on their hands for the last third of that time period.

    It would be interesting to see how many complaints about State Department support for antisemitism have been filed. It would be even more interesting to see the State Department’s responses to those complaints.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Under Obama much of the US has become and supports Islamic anti-Semitism.

  • steven L

    ,,, and Greta Hoilts response was:”?

  • Efram

    Don’t hold your breath. This is Obama’s embassy, and anything which promotes Jew hatred and violence against Jews is just fine with him.

    • Don’t be ignorant. This “event” has been held for 18 years and supported by previous administrations including President Bush’s terms. Not a peep has been raised at any time in protest of the racist garbage promoted there.

  • Hitlers meincampf is against for the pentecostals and the baptists also.Nowadays the american government is out of its wits it seems

  • Alana

    This is perfectly consistent with the Obama administration’s unspoken credo, “If It’s Islamic, It’s Ok”.

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