An organization of rabbis has called on Apple to remove an app in Arabic from iTunes in Europe that the group says could be used by hate groups to spread lies about a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
The 99 cent e-book app is “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” and the group calling for its removal is the Conference of European Rabbis, which represents Orthodox Jewish congregations.
While conference president Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said in a statement that the book should be available for study by academics, “in its proper context, to disseminate such hateful invective as a mobile app is dangerous and inexcusable” because it only benefits the cause of bigots and conspiracy theorists, the group says.
ITunes carries the following description of “The Protocols:”
“The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is one of the world’s most famous conspiracy theories. It is a statement of prejudice and paranoia, a fake historical record and a grand hoax all rolled into one. The Protocols claim to prove that there is a Jewish plot to take over the world and purport to show that socialism, liberalism and every other reformist idea or activity are just tools of a Jewish secret cabal. The Protocols have been discredited many times over their 110-year-old history and would be laughable, except for the tragic role they played in the Twentieth Century.”
[The app] does not appear to be available in the U.S. version of iTunes. A search for the book’s title pulls up an iBooks selection from iMinds, which as noted by app downloaders, is more a rebuttal of The Protocols rather than the actual book.
The Israeli information minister, Yuli Edelstein, also said Apple should pull the app, telling the Associated Press: “They wouldn’t allow pedophilia and pornography on their networks. They shouldn’t allow xenophobia, anti-Semitism or racism.”
Apple has not publicly commented on the rabbis’ demand.