“Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion” As An Arabic-Language iPhone And Android Apps

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European rabbis said Tuesday (August 14, 2012)  that they were lobbying Apple Inc. to pull a mobile app version of  “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,”  a notorious anti-Semitic forgery.

The Conference of  European Rabbis, which represents Orthodox Jewish congregations across the continent, says it wants the  iPhone manufacturer to stop selling an  Arabic-language version of “The Protocols” being offered through its iTunes service.  The group says carrying “The Protocols” in app form made it much more likely that it would be used by bigots and conspiracy theorists.

“The Protocols of the Elders of  Zion” app was released on the iTunes store in March 2012 by the developer “Ahmed Elserety” of  Innovation Group. The app is currently in the “Education” category, and costs 99 cents to download. It was only just discovered because it is in Arabic. It does not appear to be available in the U.S. version of  iTunes.

“‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ can and should be available for academics to study in its proper context, (but) to disseminate such hateful invective as a mobile app is dangerous and inexcusable,” conference president Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said in a statement.

The app, produced by Innovation Group, does include a disclaimer that “The Protocols” has been described as a forgery, but  Goldschmidt said that it was being sold  in a context which made it clear that it was aimed at  “propagating hatred.

The app states: “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an expression of a group of texts centered around ‘a plan’ for Jewish world domination. These texts were first disseminated in the Russian Empire in the Zanamia magazine in the city of Saint Petersburg in 1903.  Many historians see these writings as simply a fraud, and especially after a press investigation in 1921 revolving around the credibility of these writings undertaken by the London Times. It was concluded that these writings were literary forgeries of a French book and a series of articles were disseminated describing the forgery.  During the same year – 1921 – the complete text of the Protocols was printed in the United States.”

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Dr. A. Zander[:] In 1934, The Swiss doctor Zander publicized a series of articles in which he described the Protocols as historical truth, but he was subjected to trial for the dissemination of  these articles. The Protocols are  part of the conspiracy theory and antisemitism and anti-Zionism. The Protocols were actually spread and publicized by the communist opponents of the Russian Empire, and after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 the Bolsheviks spread ideas to the effect that the Jews are trying to control the world.”

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” app for Android  is offered for free, from developer “E3RaFLy.”  The app consists of  the 24 chapters that make up The Protocols.  Between 500-1,000 copies of  the app have been downloaded.  App’s icon shows swastika at the center of a blue Jewish star.

The description of  the app in the “Overview” tab reads: “The program contains the 24 protocols, and the program needs neither explanation nor description since it is well known to all by the uncovering of Jewish plots in the past, present, and future.”  The “App Screenshots” section contains two images, both headlined “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”  The one has an image of what appears to be a rabbi in red as its background, and at the bottom right an image of a Jewish star with a an octopus in its center flanked by an image of the world.  The second image contains a red Jewish star with a snake rising from its center.

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(via Raphael Satter, AP and E. Zweig and O. Adaki, The Middle East Media Research Institute)
; Photo: Cover of first book edition, “The Great within the Minuscule and Antichrist” , 1903

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