Rabbis demand Apple remove ‘Protocols’ app

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.”

According to PCmag.com:

[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.

32 comments Add your comment

matt

August 17th, 2012
2:09 pm

Well, they’ve brought a lot more attention to the app…

Todd Watts

August 17th, 2012
2:22 pm

Ironic, since if the conspiracy were actually true, the Zionists would want the app removed.

Lee

August 17th, 2012
2:32 pm

@Todd, nice trolling. Idiot.

1776

August 17th, 2012
2:37 pm

Yep…the “Chosen” are sure up in arms over the debunked, “myth”. If “proven” false, then why all the uproar?

Not Disappointed is Disappointed

August 17th, 2012
2:40 pm

What an idiot! Great another hate group attempting to stir hate in Cyber Space! This app is a joke like the stupid people who perpetrate it! Get a life…………. why don’t you!

Just sad! It takes a lot of energy to stir up and hold on to a useless feeling.

Dan Cathy

August 17th, 2012
2:52 pm

Nice marketing idea. Why didn’t I think of that.

Van Jones

August 17th, 2012
3:12 pm

I sure am glad the good Rabbi is determining what I can and cannot read. Maybe this one should go on the “burn” list.

Jason

August 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

Only now, when it was too late, did Apple understand the consequences of earlier censoring of apps.

zaks

August 17th, 2012
3:34 pm

so your saying jews are trying to control the media in Europe. why does anyone take issue with this? A fery common practice with American TV and new paper.

Darwin

August 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

And all this time I was blaming Obama.

sam

August 17th, 2012
3:40 pm

Some of you people really are ignorant or just downright stupid. The app is anti-semitic and those who purchase will believe the propaganda it spreads. “1776″ nothing is proven, people are believe what they want and for Apple to support the propaganda of any group of people is not acceptable and it should be removed.

Curzen

August 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

Not surprised if Apple pulls it, they have a bit of a gestapo attitude already with policing what they allow in the store.

sam

August 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

It is true that the Jews used to run the media, but times have changed significantly. Turn on CNN anytime there is a bombing in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv and see how little attention it gets compared to when Israel has attacked the occupied territories.(Usually when they do attack it is retaliatory, though that fact is seldom reported). Obama hates Israel and the Jews and would probably support the app being available in the US.

Darwin

August 17th, 2012
3:48 pm

Thanks Sam. I’m back to blaming Obama.

Really?

August 17th, 2012
4:28 pm

Sam, REALLY? You crazy Republicans will try to tie Obama to anything. If you really understood how idiotic it makes you look, you’d probably keep your comments to yourself. Then again, that’s what some of you are best at…making an ass of yourself. We have Biden, you have your entire party!

observer

August 17th, 2012
4:40 pm

Everyone knows it’s George W. Bush’s fault, whatever it is. Just ask any dem or lib. He probably controls Apple now……………

Sao

August 17th, 2012
4:48 pm

If we have to blame anyone then I would blame it on the King and Queen that forced so many of our ancestors to get on a boat and come here to begin with. It all started way back when and ended up in Obama’s lap and will soon be in Romney’s lap.

Julius

August 17th, 2012
4:52 pm

Jews own America.

1776

August 17th, 2012
5:06 pm

@Julius, they definitely control “Hollyweird”, “mainstream” media, “Madiscum” Avenue and the Central Bank$ter cartel.

Jeebus Crust

August 17th, 2012
5:17 pm

What is with the contiued hatred of Jewish people? The perpetual hate that goes on is disgraceful.

jewishinatlanta

August 17th, 2012
5:32 pm

I was wondering how many comments it would take for someone to say something about Jews running this or that. Luckily, you guys didn’t keep me waiting long. Pretty bold talk coming from people who most likely worship, gasp, a Jewish man.

Peach Fuzz

August 17th, 2012
5:33 pm

Why pay money for the app when you can get the entire book for free over the Internet? Perhaps Apple is part of this so-called “cabal”.

Mr. Dithers

August 17th, 2012
6:02 pm

All books and reading material should be available by any means. Period. Censorship has no place, even where pornography or racist literature are concerned. This request by the rabbis smacks of censorship. How dare they dictate what I can and can’t read should I choose. Every intelligent human being should be insulted by their request.

PM

August 18th, 2012
9:05 am

It always amazes me when people of a given religion (pick one) who are secure in their beliefs and convinced they are right are nonetheless threatened by pamphlets, books, comics, pictures, TV and movies, gay marriage and other similar things. If your religion is truly so correct and so strong and so right, should you not be concerned with these things? Is your religion of ultimate power and far above that? Should you not step back and smile and know that you are right? Or, do you see each such challenge as a threat that can demolish your God? And if so, then how powerful is your God that an ebook is a threat?

By being so worried, you basically say your God is weak. Your God may beg to differ.

Aquagirl

August 18th, 2012
10:24 am

Or, do you see each such challenge as a threat that can demolish your God?

I think Jews are more concerned about someone trying to demolish them, not God. Numerous people have tried. This is not some free-floating vague anxiety from the rabbis.

Sirod

August 18th, 2012
2:23 pm

For all the fools posting on here that Jews run everything in the world – if you really believe that, you might consider be more circumspect.

Prof

August 18th, 2012
2:55 pm

You folks need to know more history. “The tragic role [the "Protocols"] played in the Twentieth Century” is that this hoax was used by Hitler to justify his persecution of the Jews and ultimately his “Final Solution” of the death camps. “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” will always have these implications of Hitler, Naziism, and Anti-Semitism that leads to genocide.

Mac

August 18th, 2012
6:50 pm

Trying to ban books is positively medieval in its nature. These groups should be ashamed of themselves. And I’ve yet to hear any anti-semitism here. Maybe some ignorance. But so far all I see is a bunch of hypersensitive zionists.

Prof

August 18th, 2012
8:07 pm

@ Mac. Really? No anti-semitism in claiming that there is a completely false “Jewish plan for global domination by subverting the morals of Gentiles, and by controlling the press and the world’s economies” (Wikipedia)? For that was the plot-line of “Protocols” that Hitler stated was his justification for rounding up all European Jews and eliminating them so they could not follow this “plan.”

You’d be “hypersensitive” too if you were Jewish and saw this book again being used by “skinhead” groups and hate groups to justify Nazi-like behavior against Jews such as swastika graffiti and beatings.

Prof

August 19th, 2012
12:31 pm

Or saw the possibility of this app in Arabic from iTunes in Europe, which is not available in the U.S. version of iTunes, being used to further inflame those in the Palestinian Conflict against the Jews.

Rusty Shackleford

August 19th, 2012
11:44 pm

@jewishinatlanta Yes Jesus was a Jew, but so was Judas, and he sold him for 33 sheckles of silver. Read the New Testament! John 5, after Jesus healed the blind man and the Jews chastised him for doing so on the sabbath: 14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Key phrase: “therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him.” Check and mate. Game, set and match.

jt

August 21st, 2012
6:21 pm

thats right zionists trying to erase fact once again , disgusting zionist jews dont they ever learn how much the world is against there hateful lies ?!? the protocols are real , the so called ‘israeli’ jews are not