March 22nd, 2006

Directorate adopts resolution on visiting Tehran Book Fair

The Directorate of the Central Council of Jews in Germany condemns Frankfurt Book Fair’s intention of taking part in Tehran Book Fair in May 2006 because this sends out the wrong signal of appeasement to the mullah regime in Iran with its fundamental anti-Semitic attitudes.

At the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2005 there were already anti-Semitic publications and discussion forums organized by the Iranian partner. The management of Frankfurt Book Fair omitted to distance itself from these in clear terms.

The intellectual landscape in Iran, notably the country’s writers and journalists, have also failed so far to distance themselves unambiguously and discernibly from the anti-Semitic state line. This reticence should not be endorsed and encouraged by co-operation of this kind.

Berlin, 19 March 2006