The Arab World Still Believes in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
I did a Google News search for mentions of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” during the past month.
In English, it was mentioned about 25 times, with one op-ed that took it seriously – in Pravda.
Another article about a local school board issue mentioned, without comment, that an outsider at the meeting urged members to research the Protocols.
All other mentions noted that the work was an anti-Semitic forgery.
I could find no French media to say that the Protocols were legitimate. However, this Spanish article clearly believes in them while pretending to be objective about them, and asking people to do their own research.
In Arabic, however, things are quite different.
Out of 25 articles that mentioned the book, only 3 said that it was a forgery. One quoted an analyst saying that the same mentality that goes into saying that the U.S. is behind ISIS is the one that keeps pushing the Protocols. Two others were book reviews of Umberto Eco’s The Prague Cemetery, which was recently translated to Arabic, where the Protocols is a major plot point.
Most of the rest were just crazy anti-Semitism.
An article in Egypt’s Al Ahram said that an idea of teaching Egyptian girls how to belly dance via a satellite TV channel is essentially a fulfillment of a Jewish plot foreseen in the Protocols.
This Saudi writer described how the Protocols are being implemented now, in detail.
An Al Hayat column mentioned the Protocols while saying that Allah promised the inevitable destruction of Israel.
This Al Ahram column is critical of conspiracy theories but seems to accept the legitimacy of the Protocols, even if he is skeptical that they can be implemented.
This article invokes the protocols to explain why ISIS (which is, naturally, Jewish) is targeting Christians.
Al Ayam “quotes” Henry Kissinger to prove how Jews are hellbent on taking over the entire Middle East.
Jordan’s Addustour says that the Protocols prove the Jewish desire to control the entire world.
Rassd creates a plan of action to help defeat the imperialistic and Zionist forces. They include studying anti-Semitic sections of the Koran, the Protocols, and various anti-Semitic Arab books.