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Human Rights Organization: Antisemitic Literature at US-Backed Riyadh Book Fair a ‘Tragedy for the Jewish People’

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Booth F66 at the Riyadh International Book Fair 2016 displaying and selling antisemitic literature. Photo: Elders of Ziyon /Facebook.

Booth F66 at the US-backed Riyadh International Book Fair 2016 displaying and selling antisemitic literature. Photo: Elder of Ziyon /Facebook.

A recent book fair in Saudi Arabia backed by the US government that exhibited and sold antisemitic literature is a “tragedy for the Jewish people,” one of the heads of an international human rights organization told The Algemeiner on Monday.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was responding to reports of the US’s involvement in the Riyadh International Book Fair 2016, which took place in March and saw some 500 local and international publishers displaying literature on a host of topics.

According to revelations by pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon, US Deputy Chief of Mission Timothy Lenderking at the US Embassy in Riyadh attended the fair, as did US Cultural Attache David Edginton, who was quoted by Arab News congratulating the Saudi leadership on hosting the event.

First, I would like to congratulate Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Ministry of Culture and Information for professionally organizing this large event. We are very happy to participate in this major Saudi culture event because of its importance to our bilateral cultural relations,” he said. “The fair is a good opportunity for us and all participants and visitors to exchange ideas and information freely.”

In its report, Elder of Ziyon provided a photo of booth F66, which displayed books for sale on Jewish conspiracy theories, such as the antisemitic propaganda tome The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Jews and Freemasonry and Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Other works included several pieces of literature by Mansour Abdel Hakim, Islamic author of Women Who Deserve to go to Hell, a religious guide for women that issues warnings and punishments for those who divert from the path of Islam.

“The book fairs are in fact quite important world wide as they are a place for publishers, authors and, especially in the Arab world, a place for members of the general public to be exposed to knowledge, expand their horizons and their limited access to ideas from around the world. This is especially true when talking about countries that are not democracies,” Cooper said.

“I can understand why a diplomat would say they welcome such an opportunity as a book fair. The bad news is that unfortunately, when it comes to vetting and reinforcing antisemitic stereotypes, people publish books because they know there is going to be a potential readership,” Cooper continued. “Tragically — not just in Saudi Arabia, Iran or Egypt — you can go to airport bookstores in Malaysia and other Muslim countries in which ‘The Protocols’ are on sale and frankly, you might even say best-sellers.”

Cooper described The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as “an open-ended source of poison and hatred against the Jewish people.” He called on the US to partner with Arab countries to “fight the narrative of Jewish conspiracy on every single level.”

“Hatred of the Jewish people and the conspiracy mindset is part of the embedded staple mindset of tragically millions of young people who are brought up thinking this way,” Cooper stated. “The comment from the diplomat appearing to give his blessing over the book fair seems to be boiler-plate language. But what’s the tragedy? Whether or not the US embassy or the ambassador to Saudi Arabia would ever raise the issue of antisemitism with the rulers of Saudi Arabia to end Jew-hatred invoked by the likes of Hitler?”

The Algemeiner reached out to the US State Department and the US Embassy in Riyadh for clarification on the government’s involvement in the book fair. Both failed to respond by press time.

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  • Bruce Rubin

    The Grand Imam of Mecca declared war on Jew,Christians and basically everybody and did not even make the news. Right afterward Europe was flooded with refugees.

  • American ambassadors and American government officials, endorsing a book fair,a cultural event, displaying antismitic books, could only happen on Barack Obama’s watch , he is responsible for poisoning the minds of millions all around the world

  • To Pete Kasperowicz, a senior editor at the Washington Examiner:
    Well, this little missive will likely hammer deaf ears, since citizens like me have NO voice (1 out of 330 million = no voice) at all. That’s the reality in our purported democracy. No matter.

    Why or how did you fail to raise two fundamental questions in your reportage on the US presence at the Riyadh International Book Fair in Saudi Arabia?

    1. The US should NOT be in the business of book censorship, including “Mein Kampf” and the other anti-Semitic literature present at the fair. ALL books should be welcome!

    2. The US should NOT at its booth be in the business of promoting some books, while inevitably NOT promoting other books… on the taxpayer dime. Who were the faceless judges who chose the books to be promoted? What were their biases?

    Finally, rather than give space to State Department spokesjester Mark Toner’s spin blather on the US’s purported “effort to essentially distribute books to Saudi citizens, that include books about democracy, tolerance, diversity, human rights, etc.,” you should have asked why a large sign had NOT likely been set up in front of the US table: DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH, NOT ISLAMIC TOTALITARIANISM! Ah, we already know the answer to that one, n’est-ce pas? Saudi money… Shame on Bush. Shame on Obama.

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    Founding Editor (1998)
    The American Dissident, a 501c3 Nonprofit Journal of Literature, Democracy, and Dissidence
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  • Linda Golden

    This is outrageous…that representatives of my government would appear at this event, with this literature on view in a booth , in plain sight, makes me nauseous. I hope this is not dropped. Who can we contact to complain?

  • stevenl

    The war of the US against the Jews goes UN-abated. No difference btw SD, Foreign office and Quai d’ Orsay. Old fashion retarded orientalists and antisemites.

  • Lia

    Dear Rabbi Cooper, It is not a tragedy for the Jewish people for G-d holds them in His care: they are His chosen people and the apple of His eye. G-d says, re Israel and the rest of us,’And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’.

  • brenrod

    meanwhile the ADL is more worried about islamaphobia

  • fred

    Sadly the US play the game. In the 1930tie it was not unnatural to see, read & buy anti Semitic literature in the US. There was a leaning towards Germany as expressed by Roosevelt when he closed the US door to Jewish refugees.That the Muslim world is maintaining Hitlers anti Semitic stance should not surprise after all the Koran s content is same as that of Mein Kampf. Same book different labe.

  • Ephraim

    Nine months, two weeks, and one day to go before the most horrific criminal in US history finally leaves his throne. Please G-d may our traitor-in-chief not be replaced by Hillary.