Wiesenthal Centre Protests Saudi Leading University Course on "The Torah, The Talmud, The Protocols of Zion"

"Mr. Saudi Ambassador to UNESCO: 'United States President Donald Trump is about to visit your country. An occasion when you will wish to present an image of supporting dialogue and tolerance between different cultures and civilizations... At a time when Riyadh shares with Jerusalem, mutual existential concerns, we demand the closure forthwith of this hate-mongering course.

"Such an offence to Islam in any Western campus would result in a loud protest supported by our Centre. This is surely not the face of Saudi Arabia you wish Mr. Trump to see"

Paris, 19 May 2017

In a letter to Saudi Ambassador to UNESCO, Ibrahim Youssef S. Albalawi, the Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted, "United States President Donald Trump is about to visit your country, undoubtedly, an occasion when you would wish to present an image of supporting dialogue and tolerance between different cultures and civilizations."

The letter continued, "As Ambassador to UNESCO, we draw your attention to a discordant case which must be addressed forthwith: One of the leading Saudi public universities, Umm al-Qura University (Department of Islamic Studies), teaches in a Judaism course 241 of the prospectus, that the Jews rely on three sources : 'The Torah, The Talmud, The Protocols of Zion' (page 61)

"The Protocols, often denoted as "a warrant for genocide", is a forgery by the Russian Tsarist regime to distract public attention from dictatorship and economic woes. It has been used across the Arab world to foment hatred of the State of Israel and Jews worldwide," argued Samuels.

Besides The Protocols, the course curriculum is heavily antisemitic, speaking of the "evil traits" of the Jews as stated in the Quran, etc..

Course details:
https://uqu.edu.sa/amharkany/21660

Source material for the course:
https://drive.uqu.edu.sa/_/amharkany/files/241.pdf

About the University:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umm_al-Qura_University

http://www.arabnews.com/node/980851/saudi-arabia

Translation of attached screenshot:

Square Middle of Page - Chapter Three
Heading - Sources (of) The Jews
Section One: The Torah and related books
Section Two: The Talmud
Section Three: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion


The course is based on the book, "Studies in The Jewish and Christian Religions" by Dr Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalaf, Professor of Aqeedah in the Department of Aqeedah at the Islamic University of Madinah.

Dr Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalaf is involved (under his direction) with Ibn Sabeel Islamic Institute & Research Centre based in Manchester, U.K
Sources:
http://www.ibnsabeel.com/biography/ (in English)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ibnsabeelltd/about/?ref=page_internal


Here is a detailed description of the main topics covered in the "Judaism 241" course (refer again to the attached image): the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, their age-old hostility towards the Islamic nation, their traits and misbehaviour interpreted in the Quran, their distortion of religion, Jewish societies (Freemasons sic.), the constant Jewish threat to Islam and the Muslims, ways to confront it etc..

Link to download the book (PDF) at bottom of the page
Source:
https://uqu.edu.sa/amharkany/21660


"Mr. Ambassador, at a time when Riyadh shares with Jerusalem mutual existential concerns, we urge you to publicly condemn this outrage, see that measures are taken to close this hate-mongering course... Such an offence to Islam on any Western campus would result in a loud protest supported by our Centre. This is surely not the face of Saudi Arabia you wish Mr. Trump to see," concluded Samuels.

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