Turkey shows anti-Semitic books at Frankfurt fair

October 12, 2006 19:56


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A Jewish human rights group said Thursday it had discovered anti-Semitic books in Turkey's display at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair, and urged Ankara to investigate. Shimon Samuels, a representative for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said he had made the complaint to delegates at a Warsaw meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. "This is no longer a case of freedom of expression," Samuels said in a statement. "Indeed, it could dangerously be construed as government endorsement." A Turkish Culture Ministry official who recently visited the fair told The Associated Press that he did not see any anti-Semitic publications at the pavilion when he was there. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists, said the ministry was aware of the complaint and was looking into it.

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