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PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY CITED FOR ANTI-SEMITIC WORKS AT INT'L BOOK FAIR

By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn, October 18, 2014



(The authors are Members of the Board of the Religious Zionists of America.)

 

International donors this week praised the leaders of the Palestinian Authority as moderate peace-seekers who can be trusted with billions of dollars in aid for Gaza--at the very same time the PA was being named "second worst offender" for distributing anti-Semitic publications at Europe's largest book fair.

 

The European branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, headed by Dr. Shimon Samuels, this week released its list of those who circulated anti-Semitic books and magazines at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest annual gathering of publishers in Europe.

 

Qatar was cited as the "Worst Offender of 2014." But the Qataris had stiff competition this year from a publishing house that operates from the PA-controlled city of Nablus (Shechem). The Palestinian "Bait al-Almaqdes Centre" was named "Runner Up" by the Wiesenthal Center.

 

In the official catalogue of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Bait Al-Maqdes describes itself as specializing “in publishing books and releases that are interested in Jewish-Muslim conflict over the ages and times.” Since Bait Al-Maqdes operates in PA territory, it could be shut down by the PA at any time, if the PA so chose.

 

Instead, Bait Al-Maqdes operates freely and here are a few samples of what these Palestinian publishers, with the PA's de facto approval, were featuring in Frankfurt:
 

 

--- “The Zionist Deception Dictionary.” A book based on the notorious "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The "Protocols" have long been a favorite of Palestinian propagandists.

 

--- “Jewish Terms: Beware of Them!” Another so-called reference volume. An example of a Jewish term of which the reader should beware: The "myth" of the "Nazi Crematoria."
 

 

--- “Jews Converted to Islam by the Prophet,” by Muhamad Ala Batir. A kind of 'success stories' volume.

 

--- “The Buraq Wall,” by Jehad J. Al Ayesh. An entire book devoted to arguing that Jews have no connection or claim to the Western Wall, in Jerusalem. “Worshipping at the Wall is a new heresy [propagated by] the religion of the Jews," the book declares (p.31). The author rants about “Jewish subversion” (p. 31), “Jewish aggressions to Judaize the Wall” (p. 37), and the like. Not surprisingly, it concludes that "the Buraq Wall is the property of Muslims” and must be under exclusive Muslim control (p. 40).
 

 

--- A booklet called “The Jewish Plot to Establish a Temple to Judaize Jerusalem.” Standard Palestinian conspiracy-mongering.
 

 

Years ago, when the Israeli government complained about the PA engaging in this kind of anti-Jewish incitement, the Clinton administration establish a committee to monitor inciteme

 
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