One of the most infamous anti-Semitic forgeries was removed from a Palestinian internet site Wednesday after a Jewish group complained about it.
The "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion," a 19th-century forgery purporting to spell out the Jewish plot to take control of the finances of the world, appeared on the State Information Service Web site, affiliated with the Palestinian Authority. The link to the document was found on a page with a list of legitimate historical sources about Zionism.
The New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) wrote to the Palestinian Authority, protesting the presentation of the document and demanding its removal, the group said in a statement, calling it "the classic in racist and paranoid literature" and a "hoax which continues to poison and frighten minds."
By Wednesday afternoon, the link and the document were no longer on the site. No explanation was given and Palestinian officials were not available for comment about the change.
Laura Kam Issacharoff, associate director of the ADL's Jerusalem office, welcomed the removal. "We're sorry that it ever appeared in the first place," she told The Associated Press. "Clearly the person who gave the order to take it down understands how damaging it is for Israelis and for Arabs alike."
The forgery was used by Russian leaders to stir up anti-Semitism in the 19th century, and Nazis quoted it in their campaign against Jews during World War II, when six million Jews were killed.
Israelis have long complained that the Palestinian Authority is not doing enough to counter anti-Jewish themes and displays, but Palestinians counter that it takes time to change textbooks.
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