U.S. Jewish Group Petitions Qatar to Remove Anti-Semitic Titles from Book Fair

A general view at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) on October 20, 2016 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The 2016 fair, which is among the world's largest book fairs, will be open to the public from October 19-23. (Photo by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)
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The Algemeiner reports: A leading US-based Jewish human rights group has called on the Qatari government to remove antisemitic titles from an international book fair currently taking place in the Gulf state’s capital.

In a letter sent this week to Qatari Culture and Sports Minister Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali, Dr. Shimon Samuels — the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations — said, “Just as our organization would express outrage at anti-Islamic material, we request you to take measures to proclaim that Qatar rejects incitement to hatred and violence against Jews.”

The contract signed by exhibitors at the 27th Doha International Book Fair, Samuels pointed out, forbids any publications that insult Islam. “We urge you to add Judaism, Christianity and other faiths to create a platform of solidarity among all believers,” he wrote. “Continued manifestations of hatred at the [book fair] cannot serve Qatar’s image or interests.”

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