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Israeli politicians joined criticism of Apple on Thursday over a new phone
application of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious
early-20th-century anti-Semitic forgery, recently made available on its iTunes
Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein
called on the electronics giant to ban the app, arguing it perpetuated the
canard of a Jewish international conspiracy to take over the
“[Apple] forbids pornography, they should also forbid racism,”
Edelstein was quoted as saying.
Yaakov Hagoel, the head of the World
Zionist Organization’s departments for Activities in Israel and Countering anti-
Semitism, also called on Apple to remove the app from its
“Respectfully, I call on you to remove the racist and hate-filled
application from the Apple app store,” Hagoel said in a statement addressed to
Apple. “Just as Apple should not tolerate pornography or violence, it should not
support selling an incitement to anti-Semitism.”
News of the app was
first reported earlier this week, drawing strong reactions from Jewish religious
leaders. The Conference of European Rabbis, which represents rabbis from dozens
of countries across the continent, said it would lobby Apple to drop the app
from the list of available downloads.
“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,” CER president Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said.
anti-Semitic text, believed to have been written by a Russian secret police
operative, has been debunked time and again by experts. Nonetheless, anti-
Semites have repeatedly cited it as proof of Jewish ambitions to dominate the