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August 6, 2014

From the Archives: A Brief History of “The Protocols” in the U.S.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of a report by the Internal Security Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee repudiating The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,a piece of paranoid, racist literature long used by anti-Semites as supposed proof of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.

The Senate report offered a history and analysis of The Protocols, noting that it continued to be “circulated by the unscrupulous and accepted by the unthinking” despite being “repeatedly and authoritatively exposed as a vicious hoax.”

The report described The Protocols as “one of a number of fraudulent documents that peddle the myth of an ‘international Jewish conspiracy,’” adding that it had been among the most malicious (indeed, Adolf Hitler linked the nefarious plot of The Protocols with Germany’s post-war economic hardships). It further declared: “it is impossible for a fair minded person of any commonsense not to see that the ‘Protocols’ are the fictional product of a warped mind and that for years they have been and still are the chief staple of the anti-Jewish pamphleteer.”dearborn-independent-international-jew

At the time of its release, the Senate subcommittee requested publication of the report “in order to lay to rest any honest question concerning the nature, origin, and significance of this ancient canard.” The Judiciary Committee’s report came 44 years after the introduction of The Protocols to an American audience and the ADL’s first campaign against it.

On May 22, 1920, Henry Ford’s newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, published the first installment of The Protocols under a banner headline: The International Jew: The World’s Problem. Rewritten and “Americanized” for a US audience, the Independent’s version of The Protocols appeared in issue after issue, pamphlet, and book form. Millions of copies were spread throughout the United States by Ford dealers, who were required to make copies available to customers, and members of the KKK and other hate groups.

The following month, ADL sent “a dignified letter asking for a conference” to Ford. When no response was received, an ADL investigation disclosed “that the anti-Semitic campaign of The Dearborn Independent was deliberately planned and a sufficient amount of evidence was secured to prove that the publisher had the willing cooperation not merely of foreign anti-Jewish organizations but of many groups in America.”

In September 1920, a special conference of Jewish leaders convened and tasked ADL with spearheading the response. ADL circulated two pamphlets outlining the history and fabrication of the Protocols: The Protocols – A Spurious Document and The Poison Pen: Further revelations concerning Anti-Semitic Propaganda in the United States. ADL again reached out to Ford and this time came to an agreement, but it was soon broken.the-truth-about-the-protocols-cover

On January 16, 1921 author John Spargo released a letter of protest against anti-Semitic propaganda signed by 119 distinguished non-Jewish Americans, including President Woodrow Wilson and former Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. ADL reprinted and disseminated Spargo’s letter and an article on anti-Semitism by former President Taft.

By 1927, Ford had publicly repudiated the International Jew and issued a public apology, and decades later, after The Protocols had become a staple of Nazi propaganda, Ford again expressed his concern about the circulation of The International Jew.

In a 1942 letter to ADL, Ford wrote, “I do not subscribe to or support, directly or indirectly, any agitation which would promote antagonism against my Jewish fellow citizens.” Despite his apologies, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have been encouraged by his initial endorsement to accept the Protocols as genuine. Many today remain skeptical of Ford’s apology.

Since A Spurious Document and The Poison Pen, instances of resurgent use of The Protocols has spurred additional ADL publications refuting The Protocols, including The Truth About the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion (1939-1945), The Protocols and the Purge Trial (1952), and The Protocols: Myth and History (1981).

Today, ADL monitors and reports on the continued use of The Protocols by extremists and anti-Semites around the globe. ADL has long asked booksellers who stock The Protocols to label and categorize it appropriately. This practice extends to online book sellers; both Amazon and Barnes & Noble place prominently on their listings of The Protocols an ADL statement that it is an anti-Semitic plagiarized forgery, in addition to language that makes clear the booksellers do not endorse the content.  

For more about The Protocols, see ADL’s The ‘Protocols’ at 100: A Hoax of Hate Lives On, A Hoax of Hate: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, and The International Jew: 1920s Anti-Semitism Revived Online.

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May 5, 2014

UAE Book Fair Again Features Anti-Semitic Books

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) in the United Arab Emirates, which is open from April 30- May 5th and hosts exhibitors from over 50 countries, includes notorious anti-Semitic titles among its offering of over 500,000 titles. The book fair is officially organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair. Books such as Adolf Hitler’s Mien Kampf and Henry Ford’s notoriously anti-Semitic newsletter, The International Jew, have been featured alongside reputable works on a wide range of topics, such as law, sociology and fiction.abu-dhabi-international-book-fair-uae

The ADIBF comes just months after neighboring emirate Sharjah featured several infamous anti-Semitic books at the Sharjah International Book Fair, including The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and conspiracy theory-laden Arabic-language titles, such as The Jews and the Secret Movements in the Crusades.

The anti-Semitic books for sale at the ADIBF are listed under various categories and classifications. Adolf Hitler’s notorious 1925 autobiographical manifesto is listed under the category “Politics,” while the Protocols is featured under the categories “Political Science” and “Strategic and Military Studies.”

The book fair also features several Arabic-language anti-Zionist and anti-Israel books published in the Arab world, such as Zionist Terrorism, The Barbarism of the Zionist Entity and The Temple and the Strategic Plans to Judaize Jerusalem.

The guest of honor at this year’s book fair is the Kingdom of Sweden, which will have a special pavilion at the fair. The Swedish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirate, Max Bjuhr,  attended a special ceremony honoring Sweden earlier this week.

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February 25, 2014

Farrakhan Compares Himself To Henry Ford In Detroit

Update – March 5, 2014: Far­rakhan deliv­ered “Part 2” of his Sav­iours’ Day address on Sun­day in Chicago, empha­siz­ing his view that “Satanic Jews…control every­thing and mostly everybody.”

Speaking to an audience of 18,000 at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena yesterday, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan compared himself to Henry Ford and made allegations – both explicit and implicit – about Jewish control over African-Americans and various industries.farrakhan-detroit-henry-ford-saviours-day-2014

During his keynote address at the NOI’s annual Saviours’ Day convention, Farrakhan likened himself to auto magnate Henry Ford, who promoted anti-Semitic conspiracies in the 1920s in a series (and book) called The International Jew: the World’s Foremost Problem. Farrakhan called Ford “a great man who was called an anti-Semite” and added, “I feel like I’m in good company.”

Farrakhan alleged that Jews manipulate the media and publishing industries to destroy the reputations of African-Americans. He explained, “See, they write our history and feed it back to us.” Farrakhan retold a story about a meeting with former chairman of the Seagram Company Edgar Bronfman, in which he portrays himself as standing up to the wealthy Jewish businessman who supposedly flaunted his wealth, power, and ability to “make The New York Times” print whatever he wanted.

Jewish control over the African-American community, as well as various industries, has been a common theme in Farrakhan’s weekly online sermons leading up to Saviours’ Day. In those sermons, he commonly refers to Jews as “Satanic” or as the “Synagogue of Satan.”

During his speech yesterday, Farrakhan said, “See, Satan is in control of Hollywood. Satan is in control of television. Satan is in control of media.  Satan is in control of money. Satan is in control.”

Copies of the anti-Semitic book The Synagogue of Satan, written by Assistant Editor of the NOI’s Final Call newspaper, Ashahed Muhammad, were sold throughout the 4-day convention. The book, whose overarching theme is that unknown to most, the world is being manipulated and corrupted by Satanic powers led by Jewish elites, has been heavily promoted by the NOI since 2005.ashahed-muhammad-synagogue-of-satan

Farrakhan spent portions of his keynote address calling for a separate Black judicial system that would try white people: “I’m going on record with this today…We have to have our own courts.  You failed us. Well, hell on you! We’re gonna try them in our court.” Farrakhan also said Blacks should not feel like they need white people for anything. “You wasn’t born with no white people. You pre-date them. They weren’t in your life until recently. So how come you think you can’t get along without them?”

Farrakhan’s keynote address was attended by several public officials, including Congressman John Conyers, former Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. Conyers was in attendance for Farrakhan’s May 2013 anti-Semitic sermon that Conyers later condemned as “unacceptable racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic.”

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