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May 2, 2016 4:01 pm

United States Again Participates in Arab Book Fair Promoting Antisemitic Literature

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The 26th International Abu Dhabi Book Fair. Photo: Book fair website.

The 26th International Abu Dhabi Book Fair. Photo: Book fair website.

The United States is once again participating in an international book fair – this time in the United Arab Emirates — rife with antisemitic titles, pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon reported on Monday.

As is illustrated in the report, the US Embassy in the UAE capital posted an invitation to its display at the 26th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair on Facebook.

“Come see the great books and creativity Spark! Lab at the US Embassy booth at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. We are in Hall 7, section C – directly under the banner,” is how the post is worded, with an added smiley emoticon.

According to Elder of Ziyon, books at the fair – held, as reported by the government-owned UAE English-language newspaper The National – “under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and inaugurated on Wednesday by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs” – include the following categories and titles:

Jewish Danger – The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, That Al Salasil Company
Jewish Influence in the Media, by Fouad al-Rifai, Dar Al Yakeen publishers
Jews and contempt of religion, by Hanafi Mahalawy, Alam Al Kotob publishers

Great Deception: Are the Jews Really God’s Chosen People? by Dr. Mohammed Jamal Tahan
Secrets of Jewish Supremacists, by Yuri Mukan Aladdin
Is the Jewish Religion Heavenly? by Abdul Majid Hamu
Human sacrifice and the Talmudic Sacrifices by Pagans and Jews,  by Fathi Mohamed Zoghbi

This is not the first time that the US has participated in book fairs held in the Arab world that promote antisemitism.

As The Algemeiner reported last month, a similar event in Saudi Arabia in March – at which titles such as antisemitic propaganda tome The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Jews and Freemasonry and Hitler’s Mein Kampf were on display and for sale – was attended by US Deputy Chief of Mission Timothy Lenderking at the US Embassy in Riyadh and Cultural Attache David Edginton, who was quoted by Arab News as saying, “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. The fair is a good opportunity for us and all participants and visitors to exchange ideas and information freely.”

Following the expose, AP’s Matt Lee confronted State Department spokesperson Mark Toner during his daily press briefing. Toner, as The Algemeiner reported, responded:

So, first of all, this is a – actually, first of all, we condemn antisemitism in all of its forms, as well as any other hate speech. Second is, representatives of the US Embassy in Riyadh have participated in the International Riyadh Book Fair for multiple years as part of an effort to essentially distribute books to Saudi citizens that include books about democracy, tolerance, diversity, human rights, et cetera. The book fair itself is run by the Saudi Government’s Ministry of Culture and Information. So what I want to clearly state is we were just a participant. We weren’t aware that these books were going to be featured in this book fair. So we’re not a partner, we’re not a funder, we’re not a sponsor. We’re just simply a participant and we obviously, as I said, condemn any kind of antisemitic literature.

After Lee noted that he recalled the book fair also featuring antisemitic titles in previous years, Toner said the US was “not aware of the history here. My understanding is that we were not aware that these books were going to be featured at the fair. And I can also check on whether we raised this directly, our concerns, with the Saudi government.”

When asked whether the US intends to participate in the fair next year, Toner replied: “I think we would weigh this very heavily, considering this incident.”

As The Algemeiner reported two years ago, however, the State Department was listed as a “cultural partner” of the 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which also featured antisemitic works. Among these were: Holocaust DenialThe International Jew, Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

As of press time, The Algemeiner had not received a response from the State Department.

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  • Elliot Altman

    Why is anyone surprised at the antisemitism of the State Department. It has always been antisemitic and it continues to this day. Obama and Kerry don’t give a damn about Jews. We should remind them that we don’t need Arab Oil anymore so they should stop acting as if they do and boycott these book fairs that promote antisemitism. How would you like to be Josh Earnest or Mark Toner trying to justify or explain away the double standard policies of this administration?
    Impossible job, don’t you think.

  • Kevin Boyle

    Why are Jews terrified when gentiles contradict their imposed (and false) narratives. Having massively disproportionate influence over the media (and everything else) doesn’t seem to be working.

  • jakob wasi

    Give itt up. You sound like the anti-Semites of yore. The arabs can do no good. Wrong!

  • nat cheiman

    Johnny. You are being sarcastic. Read what the book fair is all about and then use your brain before your tongue

  • nat cheiman

    Under Obama all things are possible

  • What a cynical liar!!!

  • fred

    A US participant can’t plead ignorance not being aware as to the anti Semitic literature on display for sale. The US rep. must be wearing tight blinker. “I know noting “.

  • Johnny Doogle

    It is amazing how Jews have somehow managed to be the only people in recorded history who have never done anything wrong ever, and are incapable of ever doing so. Really boggles the mind, actually.

    • Scott

      Take your meds and go back to bed.

    • Kevin Boyle

      Well said.

  • Lia

    Poor Mr toner. He always makes such a hash of trying to justify what the admin. does.

  • Jake

    What I want to know is why does the United States get involved with this type of antisemtic garbage?

    Isnt Israel the United States great ally in the middle east. I just do not understand why there is no protest and why they would be apart of this.

    Would some one please explain it to me like> It would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you and please respond to my e-mail/

    • Lauren Goldman

      Because the anti-Semitism of pre-WWII America did not go away; it just went dormant. Especially since the Internet, it is re-emerging quickly worldwide. I am seventy and live in San Francisco, and we have our share of anti-Semites. They don’t physically attack people, but the hate speech is growing.

  • Max Genghis Cohen

    There seems to be an air of bewilderment underlying this tale of U..S. support for a U.A.E. book fair featuring blatantly antisemitic titles. The article is hinting maybe that some Jews, mostly in New York City, (who voted for the current POTUS twice) are in shocked disbelief. Believe it, O my fellow Jews, for I, a generic Jew, whose parents and grandparents and great grandparents were Jews, did abandon New York City fifty years ago promising never to return, and I have not because I scorned NY values and I still do. Fellow Jews! REPENT! CHOOSE CRUZ!

  • Yaakov

    It’s hard to keep one’s nose clean today in terms of whom one associates with, and few people are motivated to do so. How many people eschew stock ownership because of the unethical behavior of most companies today? How often does Israel honor unscrupulous individuals just because they’re rich and famous? The yetzer hara rules.

  • Jonas

    Do I have to read US of A as United States of Anti-semi’s??

  • sifre daud

    If Jews smashed hundreds of cars and torched store, the USA would respect them…. just like the Muslims.