In a sane world, the U.S. State Department would have withdrawn its “cultural partner” status for the Abu Dhabi Book Fair until all the anti-Semitic hate literature was removed. But this is not a sane world. This is the Age of Obama.
“State Department, French Embassy ‘Partner’ Anti-Semitic Book Fair (& Iran bans ‘Zionist WhatsApp’),” Tom Gross Media, May 4, 2014:
The U.S. State Department is listed as a “cultural partner” of the 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which is currently being held (from April 30 to May 5). Among the anti-Semitic publications on display at the fair (in both English and Arabic) – books which paved the way for The Holocaust – are “The International Jew,” “Mein Kampf” and “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”.
“The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” is now reported to be the second most widely published book in the Arab world. It promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jews are planning global domination.
Then other “cultural partners” for this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair include the French government TV channel France 24, National Geographic magazine, and the French Embassy. (There are, it should be noted, many other titles on display at the book fair, which are not anti-Semitic or have nothing to do with Jews.)
Several senior diplomats at the U.S. State Department, as well as a number of French Foreign Ministry employees (not those stationed in Abu Dhabi) subscribe to this website email list and one would hope they would take steps to have the Book Fair’s organizers remove the anti-Semitic titles.
Similar anti-Semitic literature appeared at the 2014 Casablanca Book Fair and in the recent past at the Frankfurt Book Fair. For more, see this dispatch: