Jewish Group Shocked by US Support of Muscat International Book Fair, a ‘Hothouse of Antisemitic Hate’

Muscat International Book Fair

Major Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday lamented US participation and support of the 19th annual Muscat International Book Fair (MIBF), a literary event which is rife with antisemitic texts.

Shimon Samuels, the Center’s director for International Relations, sent a letter to the United States Ambassador to Muscat, Greta Holtz, urging the US Embassy in Oman to condemn the Fair, which is open to the public until March 7. He characterized the MIBF as a “hothouse of antisemitic hate” and asked the Embassy to withdraw its participation and “investigate those in the embassy responsible for this offensive embarrassment.”

“Oman is ostensibly a Western ally, threatened by Iranian mayhem and nuclear intentions. Yet its monarchy incomprehensibly permits on its soil a literary cesspool that can only encourage the most extreme of Islamic jihadists,” Samuels wrote.

He expressed outrage “at the volume of antisemitic texts on bookshelves of the current Muscat Fair and shock that the US Embassy’s participation could be presented as, ‘to support mutual understanding and exchange,’” quoting a statement released by the Embassy in Muscat. The embassy also said it is ”honored to have participated in the fair every year since it was founded 18 years ago and looks forward to many more.”

Samuel’s letter included a “tip of the iceberg section” where he listed 38 antisemitic books featured at the MIBF, including titles such as Secrets of the Racist Jews, Get Ready to Fight the Jews, The Truth in the Secret Relations Between Zionism and Nazism and Adolf Hitler’s notorious memoir Mein Kampf. Samuels said “the gory intent to foment anti-Jewish violence is visually self-explanatory at a time of surging antisemitic terrorism”…

  • Rosenmops

    And these are the arselifters smart enough to read. The “intellectuals”. Though it looks like children’s books in the foreground. Scary to think what they buy for their kids. Maybe a “Secrets of the Racist Jews” colouring and activity book.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      A Book Fair in a Muslim country automatically makes me think of the accounts of how the Muslim conquerors destroyed the Library of Alexandria, just ten years after the death of Muhammad, with Caliph Omar saying….

      “If those books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if these are opposed to the Quran, destroy them.”

      I’ll wager that ISIS doesn’t much like this Book Fair in Muscat either.

    • Xavier

      When the average IQ is 68, children’s books rule!

  • Zaba

    Oman is islamic.
    A thinking person would expect these books.
    Our muzlim potus would welcome such ‘literature’.

  • Minicapt

    No Westerners can appreciate traditional Arab literature.