Qatar Book Fair Continues to Sell Antisemitic Books, Despite ADL Pressure
JNS.org – The Anti-Defamation League has asked the US Embassy in Qatar to pressure Doha to remove antisemitic titles from its government-sponsored book fair, which it said “has a record of promoting blatantly antisemitic content.”
The 29th Doha International Book Fair ran Dec. 1-8.
In a statement posted on its website on Friday, the ADL noted that the annual book fair routinely promotes blatantly antisemitic books, including titles such as Lies Spread by the Jews, The Myth of the Nazi Gas Chambers and Talmud of Secrets: Facts Exposing the Jewish Schemes to Control the World.
Other antisemitic titles sold on the book fair’s website include an Arabic version of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s antisemitic tract exaggerating Jewish influence in the United States, and Henry Ford’s The International Jew, which teaches as historical fact the seminal antisemitic hoax, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the statement said.
The ADL has written to US Chargé d’Affaires at the American Embassy in Qatar William Grant, asking that “he leverage the embassy’s participation in the book fair to urge the Qatari government to stop promoting such hateful content.”
“Once again, this high-profile, government-sponsored book fair is being used to promote blatantly anti-semitic books that deny the Holocaust, and accuse Jews of controlling the world and trying to undermine Islam,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and national director.
“We call on the US embassy to make clear to Qatar’s government that this hate is unacceptable.”
In the letter to the US Embassy in Qatar, the ADL noted that as the Qatari government is responsible for the content at this event, the American envoy should use his “contacts with the book fair’s governmental organizers—and with the Qatari government more broadly—to ensure as soon as possible that this sort of hatred is no longer propagated at an event that boasts of the participation of the US Embassy.”
It is unclear whether the ambassador did as the ADL asked.