TEL AVIV - Top American-Jewish group the Anti-Defamation League demanded on Wednesday that Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas remove a link on a Palestinian government Web site to an anti-Semitic forgery that details a false Jewish plan to take over the world
. An Arabic translation of “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” can be found in a section titled “The History of Zionism” on the Arabic version of the Web site of the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Information.
“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 said in a statement.
The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", written by a German in the 19th century, remains one of the most popular anti-Semitic myths today.
The forgery details a false Jewish plot of world domination. Russia's secret police used it to stir up anti-Semitism in the 19th and 20th century and Adolf Hitler used it to garner support during his propaganda war against Jews before he ordered them part of his “Final Solution.”
“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,” the League said.
A Palestinian official told the Reuters news agency said he was looking into the complaint. Israel has long accused the Palestinian Authority of not doing enough to stop anti-Jewish incitement in Palestinian media, which is one of the conditions that must be filled under a U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan.
- Reuters contributed to this report