The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
in Jordan and the Palestinian Authority
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
During a recent PA TV news report on public opinion in Jordan, a Jordanian street was filmed as background to the feature. Unrelated to the news story, the camera zoomed in on books for sale at a book stand. One of the books was The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
The appearance of The Protocols in a Jordanian bookstore is not unusual. Although it has been 100 years since the Russian police's forgery was exposed, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is still presented in much of the Arab world as an authentic document, guiding Israel in a sinister Jewish plot to subjugate the world under Jewish rule.
In the Palestinian Authority as well, in the years since the signing of the Oslo Accords, political, religious and educational leaders have presented The Protocols as a true Jewish conspiracy.
[The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, blue book with Star of David,
center, PA TV (Fatah), April 16, 2010]
For example, the PA Ministry of Education chose to teach in its schoolbooks in 2004 that The Protocols is authentic:
During a lecture in European Parliament in 2005, PMW showed this text to MEP's, among them members from countries that had funded the writing of PA schoolbooks. In subsequent editions of the book this text was removed. The fact that The Protocols were chosen by senior PA educators to be included in the school curriculum, and that it was necessary for Europeans to pressure the PA to remove it, indicates how rooted is the portrayal of The Protocols as genuine truth in PA ideology.
"There is a group of confidential resolutions adopted by the [First Zionist] Congress and known by the name The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the goal of which was world domination. They were brought to light by Sergey Nilos and translated into Arabic by Muhammad Khalifah Al-Tunisi." [History of the Modern and Contemporary World, Grade 10 (2004) p. 60-61]
The following are more examples of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion being presented by the Palestinian Authority as an authentic document describing Jewish plans to rule the world:
Najat Abu-Bakr, member of PA Parliament:
"[Al-Jazeera] is the only channel in the Arab world that behaves in a conflict-seeking manner. Second, the occupation [Israel] created this channel and has directed all its moves, all its details, all its programs, and all of its objectives - The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. If you read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, you'll find that it is this channel [Al-Jazeera] that transmits The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The most important thing that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion want is to create news headlines according to criteria that suit the occupation."
[PA TV, Oct. 19, 2009]
Dr. Ahmed Bahar, Deputy Speaker of PA Parliament:
"The killing of children, women and men is promoted by their false Talmud, and by their false Bible, and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
[PA TV, Aug. 4, 2006]
Dr. Riad Al-Astal, history lecturer, Al-Azhar University in Gaza:
"The idea of the Zionist Renaissance developed, and the seeds of what is called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion appeared at the end of the 18th century. These are the Protocols that were presented at the Basel Congress in Switzerland [the First Zionist Congress in 1897]."
[PA TV, Dec. 28, 2003]
Article on Protocols in The Martyr magazine
"The 65th issue of The Shahids (Martyrs) was recently published by the Political Guidance of the Border Patrol. The issue includes many important political, economic and military matters... In addition, there is a chapter about a research paper, entitled, 'The Jewish Danger: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 1, 2003]
Click here to see the section on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion on PMW's website.