Politicians to Apple: ´Ban Protocols of Zion´ app (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL SHEFLER 08/17/12)
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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 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-
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
“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. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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