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April 10, 2014 3

Egyptian Government Website Includes Arabic Copy Of The Protocols

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Intro­duc­tion page to the Pro­to­cols on the SIS website

An Ara­bic copy of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion is avail­able on the Egypt­ian government’s State Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice (SIS) website.

The web­site is described as “Your gate­way to Egypt” and is affil­i­ated with the office of the Pres­i­dent. “Egypt State Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice is the nation’s ‎main infor­ma­tional, aware­ness and pub­lic rela­tions agency. The SIS web­site was launched in 2009 and on 6/9/2012 a decree was issued to trans­fer the affil­i­a­tion of (SIS) from the Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion to the Pres­i­dency of the Repub­lic,” a state­ment on the web­site reads in part.  It is unclear when this PDF copy of the Pro­to­cols was posted to the SIS website

The book is an Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols by an Egypt­ian writer, Abbas el-Akkad. The book first appeared in the early 1960s and includes a warn­ing to the reader that the Jews will fight this book any­where it appears.

The web­site offers other pub­li­ca­tions and arti­cles on Egypt’s cul­ture, his­tory and pol­i­tics orga­nized by sec­tions. The Pro­to­cols, how­ever, is avail­able on the web­site with­out any clas­si­fi­ca­tion or edi­to­r­ial lan­guage and can be accessed via a direct link or through a tra­di­tional search engine.

While anti-Semitism themes are not new in Egypt or to its elected offi­cials, a gov­ern­ment web­site pro­vid­ing access to the Pro­to­cols is a trou­bling reminder of just how steeped these nar­ra­tives are in Egypt­ian society.

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October 2, 2013 4

“Haters of Israel” Facebook Page Surpasses 1 Million “Likes”

The Arabic-language “Haters of Israel” Face­book page, cre­ated in 2011 by a group of Egyp­tians, has attracted over 1,100,000 “likes.” 18–24 year-olds make up the largest demographic.haters-of-israel-facebook

Inter­est­ingly, a major­ity of the posts on the page have lit­tle or noth­ing to do with Israel, a tes­ti­mony to the fun­da­men­tal pop­u­lar­ity such a title has in much of the Arab world.

The page func­tions as a pop­u­lar forum for those who either iden­tify as haters of Israel or who appre­ci­ate the wide appeal gen­er­ated by the page; some use the page to adver­tise their own pages and profiles.

Many Face­book pages strive to have a frac­tion of the “likes” this page has gen­er­ated, but fail to acquire such a mas­sive fol­low­ing. One pos­si­ble rea­son is the sim­plic­ity of the title and the clear state­ment it makes about one’s iden­tity. To be asso­ci­ated with such a clear mes­sage adds def­i­n­i­tion to one’s online pres­ence and is desir­able regard­less of what the con­tent ulti­mately is. 

That is not to say that the page is devoid of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic mes­sages. For exam­ple, one user posted a well-known Holo­caust photo of corpses loaded onto a truck with a cap­tion that reads, “Guess what is on this cute wagon… Yes, cor­rect, ha ha ha… These are the remains of the Jew­ish corpses from the Holo­caust exe­cuted by Hitler the hero.”

“Haters of Israel” is hardly the only page of its kind. Face­book users have cre­ated numer­ous pages glo­ri­fy­ing Hitler and demo­niz­ing Israel and Jews in mul­ti­ple lan­guages that have attracted an innu­mer­able amount of “likes.”protocols-elders-zion-facebook

For exam­ple, another Ara­bic lan­guage Face­book page is pro­vid­ing chap­ters of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery, The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Accord­ing to the descrip­tion pro­vided by the Face­book page, its objec­tive is to “Expose the Jewish/ Israeli plan to con­trol and dom­i­nate the world through their immoral plan known as ‘The pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.’”

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