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Monday, April 21, 2008

Video: 'Culture,' 'Palestinian' style

Hamas 'Culture' Minister Atallah Abu Al-Subh presents excerpts from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion on Hamas' al-Aqsa TV (April 10, 2008), claiming Jews try to control the world. Bonus: He even claims to quote Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.


At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It never amazes me how vile hatred will allow supposed human beings to make absolute jack-asses of themselves in public.

I've been waiting decades for the Artscroll edition of the protocols with the commentaries of the rishonim and acharonim. Tens of years of disappointment.


At 7:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

What a laugh - if the Jews really controlled the world, why are their enemies still around being able to spew vile hatred of them freely? Anti-semites have never been known to confront reality. The Jew in their sick imagination is far more threatening than any Jew actually is in the real world.

At 7:33 AM, Blogger yudit said...

Nothing to really laugh about.....
During the last Lebanon war i found myself in an on-line forum with people from all over the Middle East.
Initially i just laughed about the protocols, because it seemed so ridiculous anyone would be taking that stuff serious.
I found it strange to see clever, well educated people refer to them as an information source.

At some point i started to realize that in the Arab world the protocols are published as "real" and people take them seriously.

I stopped laughing, and started to undertake a discourse about the meaning of this phenomenon. Then it stopped being funny and i realized my cynical attitude was quite displaced.
People DO take that stuff seriously, it is taught in school as "history" and of course we can laugh about that.
We shouldn't. It's scary when it is taken seriously.
I had to go to great lengths to convince people the protocols aren't real, but the product of French (initially, 18th century) and later Russian (19th century) anti-Semites. This wasn't at all a simple discourse as i had initially assumed.
I researched the protocols and the way they came about, i even critically read the materials (yes, yuck) and did some text analysis.
The discourse about them, made me think a lot. And i stopped laughing.

But moreover, my research made me realize how deeply convinced people are of the "truth" behind the protocols, and when they are so convinced, it will be difficult to start any true dialogue.
The impact of that ancient hoax is much larger than we think and it's the impact we have to deal with.

Laughing about it doesn't make the impact go away.


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