ADL slams Spanish government for allowing 'half hour of pure anti-Semitism' on state radio

The show "From the Inferno — The Jewish People: Propagator of the Satan Cult" quoted from the anti-Semitic book "Plot Against the Church," which ties Jews to Satan and demonology.

August 25, 2015 13:04
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The Anti-Defamation League is calling out the Spanish government after an anti-Semitic show was played on a state-owned radio station owned by RTVE, the world's largest Spanish-language broadcaster.

The ADL says that RTVE allowed over 30 minutes of "unadulterated anti-Jewish conspiracy theories" during a show titled From the Inferno — The Jewish People: Propagator of the Satan Cult.

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Presenters quoted from the 1962 book Plot Against the Church which linked demonology and the Satanic cult to Jews.

The synopsis on RTVE’s website for the show, part of its A La Carta series, stated: “The Jewish founders of the occult and masonry society introduced the cult of Lucifer” to some organizations.

In a letter to Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, the ADL urged the Spanish Government to condemn the broadcast and punish "RTVE’s poisoning of the airwaves with pure anti-Semitism”

The program began with ominous music, followed by a gravel-voiced announcer who quotes from Jacob Frank, an 18th century Jew from Poland who had been excommunicated by his community for his heretic Kabalistic interpretations. “The Jews first propagated the cult of Lucifer in several secret satanical societies,” the monologue continues.

“Through black magic, the Israelites called on the powers of darkness with demonic rational,” the announcer continues.

“It is as if RTVE aired portions of Hitler’s Mein Kampf or the infamous Russian anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," the organization said in a statement on Tuesday. "The only difference is that Plot Against the Church is much less known to the general public."

The broadcast about Jewish Satanism – an ancient trope and element of Christian anti-Semitic blood libels – was part of a series on Satanism in general. As part of the same series, another broadcast about Satanism by Vatican societies was aired.

JTA contributed to this report.

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