Public diplomacy and diaspora affairs minister, World Zionist Organization head calls on Apple to remove "racist, hate-filled' app.
By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
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 store.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 world.“[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 store.“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.The 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 world.
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