Qatari school textbooks teach anti-Semitism, research shows

Updated 08 February 2019
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Qatari school textbooks teach anti-Semitism, research shows

  • One of the books says that Judaism is an “invalid, perverted religion”
  • One passage teaches that Zionism “has no relation to the Jewish religion”

Qatari government school textbooks teach anti-Semitism, research by Jewish NGO Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has found.

The US-based center which aims to fight anti-Semitism said that it had found passages in Qatar’s state textbooks for school children stating “that most Jews in the world believe in seeking world domination.”

One passage says that Zionism “has no relation to the Jewish religion,” according to ADL.

“[Zionism] has managed to convince most of the Jews in the world of two things: First, to set up a state for the Jews in Palestine. Second, Jewish control over the entire world until it is their dominion,” ADL cited from the textbooks that were written in Arabic.

One of the books says that Judaism is an “invalid, perverted religion” and that the Torah teaches Jews to “kill, steal, deceive, and engage in racial supremacy,” the Jewish NGO said.

ADL went on to call on the US to assert pressure on Qatar to follow through a Statement of Intent that both countries signed that called for the support of “shared ideals of tolerance and appreciation for diversity.”


US-backed SDF hand Iraqi, foreign Daesh fighters to Iraq

Updated 36 min 30 sec ago
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US-backed SDF hand Iraqi, foreign Daesh fighters to Iraq

  • The handover was the first of several under an agreement brokered to handover a total of 502 fighters
  • News of the handover came as US-backed forces were readying for an assault on the militant group’s final enclave in eastern Syria

BAGHDAD: US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over more than 150 Iraqi and other foreign Daesh fighters to Iraq on Thursday.
The handover was the first of several, two Iraqi military sources told Reuters, under an agreement brokered to handover a total of 502 fighters.
“The majority of the fighters are Iraqi,” said a military colonel whose unit is stationed at the Syrian border. “But we have a few foreigners.”
The mayor of Iraqi border town Al-Qaim, Ahmed Al-Mahallawi, said some fighters’ families were also transferred.
“Early this morning, 10 trucks loaded with Daesh fighters and their families were handed over by SDF forces to the Iraqi army,” he said.
“The majority of them are Iraqis and the convoy was under maximum security protection headed to the Jazeera and Badiya military headquarters.” Both bases are located in Anbar province.
The SDF and the US-backed coalition could not immediately be reached for comment.
News of the handover came as US-backed forces were readying for an assault on the militant group’s final enclave in eastern Syria. The last civilians are expected to be evacuated on Thursday, to clear the way for the assault, the SDF said.
Around 800 of foreign extremist fighters who joined Daesh, including many Iraqis, are being held in Syria by the SDF, the group said. More than 2,000 family members are also in camps, with dozens more arriving each day.
Their fate has become more pressing in recent days as US-backed fighters planned their assault to capture the last remnants of the group’s self-styled caliphate.
On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said Iraq was carefully monitoring the situation at its Syrian border amid concerns that the remaining Daesh fighters could stream across the border.
The militant group still poses a threat in Iraq and some western officials believe that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, may still be hiding there.