COMMENT: Before turning to events in the Middle East, we examine a “sign of the times.” That bastion of knowledge, innovation and enlightenment–Apple Computer–has an “app” for its ITunes program which permits users to download The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Resiliently present in the Arab and Muslim worlds (largely as a result of Nazi influence in those countries), the Protocols is also finding new audiences with New Age fascist documents like the recent Zeitgeist and Thrive films.
The latter have resonated with younger audiences on the Internet, giving new life to the “International Jewish Banking Conspiracy” canard.
Whether Apple’s Protocols app is intended to reach those naifs or the Arab and Muslim populations, permitting such murderous propaganda to become part of “the New Media” can only have harmful consequences.
Firms such as Apple may rationalize their offering of such material as catering to “niche markets” and therefore consistent with contemporary business ethics.
Recently, a white-supremacist musician appears to have targeted a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in a lethally successful attack, exemplifying what the consequences that can accrue from pandering to practitioners of hate and turning an amoral eye toward “The Planet of the Apps.”
European rabbis said Tuesday that they were lobbying Apple Inc. to pull a mobile app version of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a notorious anti-Semitic forgery.
The Conference of European Rabbis, which represents Orthodox Jewish congregations across the continent, says it wants the iPhone manufacturer to stop selling an Arabic-language version of “The Protocols” being offered through its iTunes service. The group says carrying “The Protocols” in app form made it much more likely that it would be used by bigots and conspiracy theorists.
“‘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,” conference president Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said in a statement.
“The Protocols,” which began circulating in Europe at the turn of the 20th century, purports to lift the lid on a secret Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. The publication has been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked, but it endures as a staple of anti-Semitic rhetoric among neo-Nazis and other anti-Jewish extremists. . . .