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Qatar Book Fair Continues to Sell Antisemitic Books, Despite ADL Pressure

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US President Donald Trump meets with the Emir of Qatar during their bilateral meeting on May 21, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Official White House Photo/Shealah Craighead. – 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 JewsThe 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.‎

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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.

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