Paris, 8 October 2010
In his report to Frankfurt Book Fair Director, Jurgen Boos, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, noted that "this is the 8th Year that the Simon Wiesenthal Centre monitors incitement to hate and violence on the display stands of this, the most important and largest book fair in the world". (This year, 7533 exhibitors from 111 countries over 172000 sq.m. of display area, receiving over 300000 visitors).
Samuels noted that the Director had always stressed his "commitment to promoting international standards, best practices and respect”.
The report revealed that "despite the continued industrial production and domestic sale of antisemitic and conspiracy theory volumes in Turkey – even available at the Istanbul airport – it was your intervention, based upon our report, that has resulted in caution on the part of all 24 of the Turkish stands."
Samuels added that "a representative of Turkey's Publishers’ Association, informed me that they were 'warned not to breach their exhibitor contracts by displaying hate literature that could be illegal under German law'”.
The Centre lamented that "unfortunately, this caution was not reflected on the Iranian and Arab stands listed below (photos attached).
Photo 1800: five books: from left on Al Ahram Establishment – Cairo stand Hall 5.O.A920:
-"Nazis in Cairo – Danger?", Mohammed Tarut -"Development of Israel-Indian Relations and Arab Security", Ameen Shaaban Ameen, Al Mahrissa, Cairo, 2010 -"The Mossad and The Assassination of the Arab Ulema",Yusef Hassan Yusef
-"The Mossad – The Hidden Aspect", Dr. Yusef Hassan Yusef, Al- Nafeeda Library
-"The Life of the Israelites in Egypt between Religion and historical Facts", Hisham Saraya, 2010
- The Fingertips of Death, Raid al Azawi, AL Dar al Massiah Al Lubnanieh
- Cairo Hall 5.O. A915
Photo 1823: "The New Zionists - A Never Ending Mission", Nasir bin
Muhamed al-Zumal, Al Rushd Publishing House, Riyadh, 2006 Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia stand Hall 5.OA916
Photos 1825, 1826:
Tameer Institute for Community Education, Ramallah, five books, Hall 5.O.D 913
-"My Codename is a Butterfly", Allam Sharaf, 2009
-"The Picture", Najla Attala, 2010
-"On a Cafe Pavement", Sallah Tawfiq, 2010
-" A Small Light", Ghida Alhassi, Gaza, 2010
-" Dream of the Thin Boy", Ahmad Shukheir, 2010
The exhibitor explained the content of each of these childrens' text as propoganda arms of resistance.
Photos 1827, 1828, 1842: Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft,
Rhein-Main, Offenbach, Hall 5.O.D915
-“Endure, Endure, Al Aqsa – Oh to Eliminate…”
-“The bleeding eyes and bleeding hands should know – the night will vanish and the chains will disappear – fight for the freedom of the
prisoners: Palestinian Ministry for Prisoner Affairs, 2010 (a bumper-sticker).
The shelves of this stand are replete with propaganda and glorification of violence.
Photo 1839: Editions Al-Manar, Neuilly, France, Hall 4.1.N 513
This very elegant stand, through lithographs and poetry presents such documents decorated with Stars of David, tanks, bombs, - apparently, thus subliminally transmitting a message of incitement propoganda.
Photo 1847: “The Great Operation”, Ahmad Arabloo, Shahed Government Publishers, Books of I.R. Iran, Hall 3. O. K 361
A military book for adolescents which portrays the Iran-Iraq war as a battle for the paramountcy of Shiah over Sunna, glorifying hate and violence.
Photo 1820: Three military books for adolescents transmitting the same message as above.
ISCU Iran Publishers Hall 5.O.A 953
Photo 1815,1816: ”Kerbala Sahidi” – an Iranian, Turkish language DVD documentary glorifying “Shaheed” martyrdom through suicide terrorism,
Ahlul Bayt World Assembly – Tehran Hall 3.O.A 940.
Samuels emphasised that "these stands are chronic annual recidivists, who have ignored previous warnings that their publishers and exhibitors are in violation of their contractual obligations to the Frankfurt Book Fair".
The Centre urged Boos "to see that the German authorities adopt the same measures as were successfully taken with Turkey: first to confiscate the above-mentioned offensive texts and to unambiguously blacklist their respective exhibitors from participation in the 2011 Fair".
"If the 'Turkey response' is effectively applied, I am hopeful that, at the next Fair, I will be able to report that there is nothing to report".