European Rabbis Rap Apple Over Anti-Semitic App

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European rabbis say they’re 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 Protocols purport to lift the lid on a secret Jewish conspiracy to take over the world and have long been a staple of anti-Semitic rhetoric. The writings have been thoroughly debunked but the text endures as a staple of anti-Semitic rhetoric among neo-Nazis and other anti-Jewish extremists..

“‘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 app, produced by a company known as the Innovation Group, does include a disclaimer that “The Protocols” has been described as a forgery, but Goldschmidt said in a telephone interview that it was being sold for 99 cents a download in a context which made it clear that it was aimed at “propagating hatred.”

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