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Rabbis to Apple: Remove Anti-Semitic App from iTunes

Conference of European Rabbis calls on Apple to remove an application of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion being sold on iTunes.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/15/2012, 3:38 AM

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The Conference of European Rabbis on Tuesday called on Apple Inc. to remove an application of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion which is being offered for sale on iTunes.

Kol Yisrael radio reported that the application being sold is an Arabic version of the Protocols. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were originally composed at the end of the 19th century by agents of the Russian secret police in an effort to cast the Jews as the cause of the revolutionary movement in Russia.

The fabrications were also used as a weapon by the perpetrators of the pogroms against the Jewish population. The Protocols claim to expose a secret Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. The writings have been debunked but continue to circulate.

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, was quoted by Kol Yisrael as having said the document should be accessible for purposes of study, but turning it into an available application is dangerous and has no justification.

Information Minister Yuli Edelstein was quoted as having said that just as Apple would not allow the sale of pedophilic or pornographic content, it should also prohibit the display of racist and anti-Semitic content.

A few months ago, a book which seeks to expose the myths behind the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was translated into Farsi.

Apple Inc. recently removed an application that the Hizbullah terrorist group was advertising on the iTunes store, promoting streaming video from their Lebanon-based satellite network, Al-Manar.

The app, which had been advertised on the air by Al-Manar, directed users to various broadcast content, including speeches by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah.