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August 15, 2012 9:32 pm

Rabbis Ask Apple To Remove Anti-Semitic “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” From iTunes

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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

The Conference of European Rabbis, an Orthodox rabbinic body, wants Apple to remove an anti-Semitic book being sold for 99 cents on iTunes, according to the AP.

“‘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,” said Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, chief rabbi of Moscow and president of the group.

While the publisher of the anti-Semitic propaganda book included a disclaimer admitting the book as “a fake historical record and hoax all into one,” Apple still has not responded to the complaints. The multi-billion dollar tech firm faced a similar controversy in 2009 when Hitler’s anti-Semitic book Mein Kampf became available on iTunes, only to be removed 24 hours later.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is speculated to have been written anonymously in Russia during the 1890’s by a member of the Russian secret police and was published in 1903. The book’s central claim is that the Jews are engaged in a longstanding plot to take over the world.  The book has been translated into multiple languages including  English, German, and Arabic and its anti-Semitic claims are still endorsed by Arab leaders and educators as authentic truths to this day. The book is also available for purchase on Amazon’s Kindle Store and Barnes and Noble’s Nook e-book store.

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