JERUSALEM — An official Palestinian Authority information website directly affiliated with President Mahmoud Abbas has published on its Arabic language section a copy of the ”Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a classic anti-Semitic forgery, while the English section does not contain the work, WND has learned.
Palestinian Authority website’s posting of ”Protocols of the Elders of Zion’
Abbas recently had been credited by the U.S. and Israel for fighting anti-Israel incitement.
Al-Nakba.com, the official Internet website of the Palestinian State Information Service, SIS, published an Arabic translation to the ”Protocols,” a notorious forgery authorized by the anti-Semetic Czarist police in early 20th-Century Russia that purports to be minutes of a meeting of top Jewish leaders plotting world domination.
The Arabic version of the Al-Nakba site contains the full work, which was translated by a Lebanese Druze militant and taken directly from the website of the hard-line Islamic Da’wa Party in Iraq, according to an analysis provided to WND by Israel’s Center for Special Studies.
The SIS was founded in 1996 by an executive decree of Yasser Arafat, then Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. The institution is responsible for “organizing and developing information and media activities in the Palestinian territories.”
Al-Nakba literally means ”the catastrophe.” The official site serves as a propaganda device regarding the situation surrounding Palestinian refugees who claim to have been displaced as a result of Israel’s founding, says the Center for Special Studies.
The site has been updated several times since Abbas took office in January.
”The Al-Nakba Web page contains ‘The Protocols’ [so that] the Palestinian and Arab reader may infer that the foundation of the state of Israel and the emergence of the problem of Palestinian refugees are nothing but a part of the implementation of the so-called ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,”’ reports the Center.
But the English language section of the site does not mention the ”Protocols.” It mostly contains information about displaced Palestinians and copies of official Israeli texts marking the establishment of the Jewish state.
The Center reports: ”The Arabic version, catering to Arab and Palestinian public, has a higher dosage of inciting contents while the English version, addressing non-Arab target audiences, is more moderate.”
Other Arab states recently have published their own version of the ”Protocols.”
Egypt recently released an Arabic translation that became a best-seller. It stated, ”According to [Jewish] religious law, you are allowed – moreover, obligated – to kill gentiles, even if they are good-doers or, to be more precise, could be good-doers.”
In February, WND reported the Egyptian International Book Fair, considered the most important event in the Arab literary world, featured another ”Protocols” version, published by Syria, that charged Jews use hot pokers to gouge Palestinians’ eyes.
The book’s forward, which was dedicated to Palestinian suicide bombers, said, ”From our brothers [the Palestinians], I heard that the Jews perform the most barbaric acts on whomever they catch. … Their stomachs had been opened and their kidneys, liver or heart had been removed and then they were sewed up again. Their eyes were burned out with red-hot iron pokers.”
Sources said the updated Syrian ”Protocols” was vetted by Egyptian authorities who monitor the content of the book fair and reportedly excluded materials considered problematic to the Egyptian regime.
In spite of the continued incitement in official Palestinian institutions, both Israeli and American leaders have hailed Abbas as a reformist they can work with.
U.S. State Department Spokesman Adam Ereli recently praised Abbas for bringing ”energy and activism” to the Middle East peace process.
Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel is prepared to make ”all the necessary adjustments” to work with Abbas, whom he called a ”strong leader.”
President Bush called Abbas’ election last January a ”historic” step toward a Palestinian state, adding, ”The United States stands ready to help the Palestinian people realize their aspirations.”