ADL Calls for "Protocols" to be Stricken from Official Palestinian Authority Website
Update: "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" was removed from the Palestinian site on May 18 after ADL spoke out.
Jerusalem, May 17, 2005...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on Palestinian authorities to immediately remove an Arabic translation of the entire "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" from their official State Information Service Web site.
ADL's Israel Office issued the following statement:
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is the classic in racist and paranoid literature and has been heralded by anti-Semites around the world as proof that the Jews are plotting to take over the world. While The Protocols have been thoroughly discredited the document is still being used to stir up anti-Semitic hatred especially throughout the Arab world.
It is simply unacceptable particularly at this time of confidence building toward a better future between Israelis and Palestinians for the official Palestinian Authority Web site to display this hoax, which continues to poison and frighten minds. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should immediately have this document stricken from the Web site for which he is ultimately responsible and devote space to explaining the origins of this dastardly and dangerous piece.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.