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Major US Jewish Group Calls on Qatar to Remove Antisemitic Titles From Doha Book Fair

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The Doha International Book Fair. Photo: Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The Doha International Book Fair. Photo: Simon Wiesenthal Center.

A leading US-based Jewish human rights group has called on the Qatari government to remove antisemitic titles from an international book fair currently taking place in the Gulf state’s capital.

In a letter sent this week to Qatari Culture and Sports Minister Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali, Dr. Shimon Samuels — the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations — said, “Just as our organization would express outrage at anti-Islamic material, we request you to take measures to proclaim that Qatar rejects incitement to hatred and violence against Jews.”

The contract signed by exhibitors at the 27th Doha International Book Fair, Samuels pointed out, forbids any publications that insult Islam. “We urge you to add Judaism, Christianity and other faiths to create a platform of solidarity among all believers,” he wrote. “Continued manifestations of hatred at the [book fair] cannot serve Qatar’s image or interests.”

Samuels also voiced “special indignation” over the presence of the embassies of the US and France, as well as UNESCO, “at their dedicated pavilions amidst the vilest antisemitic and conspiracy theory titles” at the book fair.

Last month, as reported by The Algemeiner, Samuels urged the head of UNESCO to condemn the antisemitism on display at the Sharjah Interantional Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates — at which the global cultural body was the official guest of honor.

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  • Hilltop Watchman

    Meanwhile Qatar, the haven of peace, love, equality and tolerance, will be hosting the World Cup, naturally with a full display of National Flags especially Israel, to herald in a new age of cooperation and acceptace.

    This must be true as it was agreed by the blameless, purer than the driven snow, incorruptible, pinnacle of saintliness, FIFA, now headed by a Marxist African anti-colonialist, with a chip on her shoulder and a bloated sense of self-importance.

    Qatar, the moral cesspool of the world, haven to and financiers of corrupt, genocidal apartheid terrorism, godfathers to HAMAS. Qatar, cowardly inbred lickspittles who shelter war criminals while the stupid west kowtow to them, buy their oil and gas, sell off their countries to them for their dirty money while closing their eyes to their innate nastiness.

    Don’t expect any outrage or action from the UK, UN, UNESCO, EU, it’s all about sucking up to the Arabs, appeasing the religion-of-fluffy-bunnies and to hell with us bolshie Joooozzzz who so inconveniently still survive, and of course the Zionist Entity which does so much good, but so stubbornly continues to exist, the Light amongst nations, a thorn in the sides that shows up the utter moral bankruptcy and evil of her detractors.

    The books and material will stay on display. There will be no notice taken of any protest. It’s business and football and money and oil and gas and shopping at Harrods as usual and no uppity Joooozzzz are going to be allowed to upset that.

    Sorry, but this is the cold hard truth. Here endeth the lesson.