Outrageous covers at a Saudi book fair

Blatant antisemitism and anti-Zionism on display at the Riyadh International Book Fair. The face of a moderate Arab state?

Prof. Daniel Pipes

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After 250 years, the Saudi dynasty under Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears cautiously to be exiting the Wahhabi hammerlock.

But books on display at the 2019 Riyadh International Book Fair gave no hint of this, as suggested by the following selection of current titles with an emphasis on the Arab-Israeli conflict:

"Assassinating History - A Response to Netanyahu's 'A Place in the Sun'


"Do the Jews Have a Religious or Historical Right in Palestine?"

"Foundation Myths of the Jewish Creed"


"Gaza in Crisis - Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians"



"Jewish History, Jewish Religion - The Weight of Three Thousand Years


"Mein Kampf" in a pile

"Mein Kampf"

"Middle Eastern Zionism from Herzl to Peres to the Tunnel - And the Opposition Plan""


"My Case Against Israel"

"The Holocaust Industry"


"The Jewish Question - Story of the Jewish-Christian Conflict, 576-1900"

"The Other Face of Israel: A Testament of Truth from a Jewish Woman"


"The People of Israel and Distortion of the Torah"

"The People of Israel Between Their Great Success and Their Ultimate Fall"

"The Role of Jews from Artaxerxes to Balfour"

"The Torah Dimension in Israeli Terrorism"

"The Zionist Octopus and the American Administration"

"Zionism ... Instrument of Lies"


"Zionism, Pan-Turkism, and the Karabagh Case"


"Zionist Terrorism and Arab Peace - Between Martyrdom and Extermination"


(1) These 22 books complement the 22 "Cairene Book Covers" that I published in 2008. Although the new list focuses more narrowly on Jews, Judaism, Zionism, and Israel, they tend to overlap. Note the multiple books by or about Hitler; or titles like "'The Roots of Jewish Violence" (Cairo) and "The Torah Dimension in Israeli Terrorism" (Riyadh).

(2) About half the books are translations and most of them, unsurprisingly, are written by well-known antisemites and anti-Zionists: Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Hitler, Anthony Loewenstein, Susan Nathan, and Israel Shahak. Most of the translations are from English, with a few from French. The list below provides the names of the translated authors.

This listing provides the names of authors of translated books from English and French.

(3) It's going to be a long time before MbS' changes trickle way down to the level of the Riyadh International Book Fair.

The indoctrination of antisemitism and anti-Zionism continues unabated. 

Posted with permisiion from the Daniel Pipes blog.