Anti-Semitic books displayed at Frankfurt fair, watchdog says

Several publishers from Arab countries displayed books featuring anti-Semitic content, Holocaust denial, and terror glorification, at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week, an annual report from the Simon Weisenthal Center said.

The worst offenders were Qatar, a Palestinian publisher, Egypt, and Iran, the report indicated, with examples including children’s books condoning jihad, a text honoring child murderer Sami Kuntar, and an adaptation of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Turkey, however, “for the 3rd year, remained hate-free,” Dr. Shimon Samuels, director for international relations of the organization’s Paris branch, said in a statement.

The report accused the publishers listed of “violating European Union and German provisions against incitement, and thereby contravene their contractual obligations to the Book Fair.” It called on the book fair to “confiscate offensive texts and blacklist delinquent exhibitors from participation in 2015.”

At the Qatar booth, three books delineating Jewish conspiracy theories were displayed, including a pamphlet on “The Battles of Mohammed”…

(Photo: The Frankfurt Book Fair on October 9, 2014. Credit: AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND)