The Protocols of the Elders of Zion - The
Iranian Version (10)
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion occupies a place of honor
in the anti-Semitic literature published in Iran. The book appeared in
various editions, all of which are translations from Arabic into Persian.
The first edition was issued during the summer of 1978, at the time of
the Islamic revolution, as an attack against the Shah, Israel and the
In 1985 a new edition of the Protocols, printed in Iran, was
widely distributed by “the Islamic Propagation Organization, International
Relations Department” in Tehran. (11)
The Astaneh-ye Qods Razavi (Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran) Foundation,
one of the wealthiest institutions in Iran, financed the latest edition
of the Protocols issued in 1994. Parts of it were published by
the radical daily Jomhouri-ye Eslami, under the heading “The
Smell of Blood, Zionist Schemes” (March 7, 1994).
Sobh, a monthly periodical identified with radical Islamic elements,
selected excerpts from the Protocols under the heading “The text
of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion for establishing the Jewish global
rule” (December 1998 – January 1999 Issue). The publication
was illustrated with the notorious symbol of the Jewish snake swallowing
The following is the translation of some sections from the Protocols
of the Elders of Zion that appeared in Sobh:
- “Politics have nothing in common with morality. A leadership
founded on morality cannot be represented by an experienced and skillful
politician, and the foundations of its political power will inevitably
be shattered.” (Source: the first Protocol).
- “We [the Jews] should rejoice that in addition to the press,
we also control the gold; we should, however, remember … that
we have made many sacrifices in order to achieve these [two means].
Of course, in the eyes of God, any sacrifice by us is worth a thousand
sacrifices of non-Jews.” (Source: the second Protocol).
- “…when we [the Jews] shall arrive into our kingdom, we
shall have to erase the term ‘freedom’ from the lexicon
of life, as this term turns the mobs into bloodthirsty animals.”
(Source: the third Protocol).
- “…we, the Jews, shall incite towards envy, hatred and
greed among the mobs, so that we can use the rage of the mobs, in order
to root out through them all the obstacles standing in our way. (Source:
the third Protocol).
“Further development” of the concepts of the Protocols: some
in Iran went so far as to offer their own additions to the Protocols.
The belief in the Jewish schemes of gaining control over the world, as
depicted by the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, was turned into
a “research topic” by the Iranian writer and researcher Ali
Baqeri. In an interview granted to the Iranian monthly Sobh,
Baqeri states that “the ultimate goal of the Jews… after conquering
the globe… is to extract from the hands of the Lord [and take control
of as] many [as possible] stars and galaxies” (Sobh, issue
No. 93, April 1999).
10 - Excerpts from the article: “Anti-Semitism in the Islamic
Republic of Iran” by Soli Shahvar, Ph.D (August2002). Dr. Shahvar
is an expert on Iran, a lecturer at the department of Middle Eastern History
at the University of Haifa and research fellow at the Harry S. Truman
Institute for the Advancement of Peace in Jerusalem.
11 - Bernard Lewis, Semites and Anti-Semites, p. 211.