The Conference of European Rabbis, a body which represents Jewish communities across the continent, has said that it wants the IT giant Apple to pull a mobile phone application version of the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
The Arabic language version of the controversial book is available through its iTunes service where it can be downloaded for just 99 cents. Members of the Jewish pressure group argue that the publication should only be available to scholars and not to those who may use it as a tool to disseminate “hateful” anti-Semitic rhetoric.
The Protocols began circulating in Europe towards the end of the 19th century. It claims to lift the lid on a global Jewish conspiracy to control the world through media, and still serves as a staple for anti-Jewish propaganda.
Despite numerous scandals, The Protocols is still widely available in particular across the Arab world, although in the West prints are required to carry a disclaimer warning readers that the content has been repeatedly described as a forgery.
This is not the first time that Jewish communities have called on Apple to remove an app. Earlier this month the company was forced to remove an application that allowed iPhone or Android users to stream content from the Hezbollah-backed al-Manar TV station. The militant Islamic group is recognized as a terrorist organization by numerous Western states.