Not Only in the West: Jews Also Demand Censorship of Books in the Arab World
Simon Wiesenthal Center demands that Muslims regard criticism of Jews as “on the same level as offenses to Islam.”
THOSE WHO ATTENDED the annual Riyadh International Book Fair in Saudi Arabia which ended last week could pick up a copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf in Arabic along with a host of books criticizing Jewish power such as The Zionist Octopus and the US Administration by Ali Wahab.
In response, a wealthy and government-connected Jewish organization is calling on the fair to remove certain books critical of Jewish groups by falsely claiming that the books all contain “incitement to violence.”
“We urge you to adopt the necessary measures to vet participating publishers for all forms of hate, on the same level as offenses to Islam,” stated Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organization based in the United States and named after Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
“We suggest that a paragraph be included in the contract signed by the stands with the Fair, prohibiting all incitement to hatred and violence,” he suggested for next year’s fair.
Samuels also threatened to use Jewish influence to engineer international retaliation if his demands were not met: “Of the six Arab Book Fairs we annually monitor, antisemitic texts are sadly the most numerous in Riyadh,” he stated in a letter to Saudi Arabian Minister of Information and Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabbana. “Our findings in Riyadh are shared with the Frankfurt Book Fair authorities and the United States Embassy to take appropriate steps regarding the 2020 Fair.”
Held every year in March, the ten-day book fair is under the supervision and organization of the Saudi Ministry of Information and includes over one million titles from Saudi Arabia and foreign countries from more than 500 publishing houses.
Unlike the heavily-censored book events dominated by Jewish publishers and hate groups in the West, book fairs in the Arab world offer Jew-critical titles along with such European classics as Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has created a “prohibited list” of the books which it wants banned, claiming that if the books are not banned, “judeophobic hate crimes around the world” will result. These include both original Arabic works and books from other countries translated into Arabic.
Such titles include The Biblical Aspect of Israeli Terrorism by Wajdi Najib al Masri, Do the Jews have a Religious and Historical Right in Palestine? by Youssef Ayub Hadad, The Myths of Jewish Belief, False Religion, Pagan Belief, Conditional Jurisprudence and Satanic Ideology, by Maher Hanun, Al-Ma’amun and Zionism and Slanders by Ahmad Sosa, and others.
According to the Web ratings firm SimilarWeb, nationalvanguard.org has more than three times the readership of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
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Source: Jerusalem Post and National Vanguard correspondents