Qatari school textbooks teach anti-Semitism, research shows

Updated 08 February 2019

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.”


Bombings kill 6 civilians in main Kurdish city in Syria

Updated 4 min 44 sec ago

Bombings kill 6 civilians in main Kurdish city in Syria

  • More than 20 people were wounded in the simultaneous attacks
  • The blasts come after Daesh claimed to have killed an Armenian Catholic priest from Qamishli

QAMISHLI, Syria: Three simultaneous bombings killed at least six civilians in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Monday, a Kurdish security source and a Britain-based monitor said.
There was no immediate claim for the bombings, but they occurred shortly after the Daesh group said it was responsible for the killing the same day of a priest from the same city.
In Qamishli, an AFP correspondent saw charred cars and smoke rise from the site of the blasts.
Firefighters tried to put out the flames caused by the explosions, as rescue workers carried away the victims.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria, said two car bombs and an explosives-rigged motorcycle blew up in a market and near a school in the city.
More than 20 people were wounded in the simultaneous attacks, said the Britain-based monitor said.
The blasts come after Daesh claimed to have killed an Armenian Catholic priest from Qamishli.
The Observatory said the priest and his father were killed by gunfire as they made their way to the eastern province of Deir Ezzor to inspect the restoration of a church there.
Kurdish fighters have led the US-backed battle against Daesh in Syria, expelling the extremists from the last scrap of their proto-state in March.
But the jihadists have continued to claim deadly attacks in northeastern and eastern Syria ever since.
In July, IS said it was responsible for a massive truck bomb that killed at least 44 people in Qamishli.
A Turkish cross-border attack against Kurdish fighters on Oct. 9 heightened fears that Daesh fighters could break out in mass from Kurdish jails.
But a fragile Turkish-Russian cease-fire deal has more or less halted that offensive, and seen Kurdish forces withdraw from areas along the Turkish border, except Qamishli.