VOODOO HISTORIES:  The Protocols of The Elders of Zion 

Anti-Semitic Lies 120 years in the fermenting
which created Hitler's Final Solution
and is still tainting and corrupting political insight
in the Middle East peace process today .

By David Aaronovitch.

Front Cover of an early edition of the Protocols of the Elders of ZionGaza City, when I visited it in May 2003, was a terrible place: its beach a parody with smashed concrete and rusting iron, the city a warren of unfinished houses and tangled electricity cables. On three sides, and overhead, were the Israelis, penning a population of more than a million Palestinians into a narrow strip of dust. The strongest political and social association among the Palestinians had come to be the group known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas.
That spring I was there to see one of the leaders of Hamas, and to ask him about a most extraordinary aspect of his group's programme.

The Hamas Covenant is about twenty pages long and made up of thirty-six articles. It is a mixture of political manifesto, historical observation and exaltation to the faithful. It begins with a quotation from the 1920s founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hassan al-Banna
'Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it has eliminated its predecessors' -

and sets out the nature and duties of the membership, who must be good and pious Muslims.

Article Seventeen concerns 'the role of Muslim women' but contains a digression concerning the enemies of Hamas, who will use every effort to further their cause, including education curricula movies and culture,

'using as their intermediaries their craftsmen who are part of the various Zionist organisations which take all sorts of names and shapes, such as: the Free Masons, Rotary Clubs...and the like... Those Zionist organisations control vast material resources which enable them to fulfil their mission amidst societies, with a view of implementing Zionist goals.'

By the, time the reader reaches Article Twenty-Two, 'On The Powers That Support the Enemy'„ the scale of this malign mission has expanded.

'This wealth [allowed the Zionists to] take over control of the world media...
They used this wealth to stir revolutions in parts of the globe...
They stood behind the French and Communist Revolutions...
They stood behind World War I so as to wipe out the lslamic Caliphate...
They obtained the Balfour Declaration and established the League of Nations...
They also stood behind World War II... and inspired the establishment of the United Nations...
There' s no war that broke out anywhere without their fingerprints on it.

And if you think you have heard all this somewhere before, Article Thirty-Two, 'The Attempts to Isolate Palestinian People', confirms it.

' Zionist scheming ,' the Covenant claims 'has no end, and after Palestine they will covet expansion from the Nile to the Euphrates... Their scheme has been laid out in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and their present conduct is the best proof of what is said there.'

So aPalestinian child in a Gazan class at the beginning of the twenty-first century may well be hearing things written by a Parisian lawyer about Napoleon III 140 years earlier, falsified by a Russian spy three decades later and used as a pretext for racial mass-murder in Germany.

It is like one of those novels in which the hero encounters an archaic or ancient legend which has somehow managed to survive, still potent, to the modern day. So a Palestinian child in a Gazan class at the beginning of the twenty-first century may well be hearing things written by a Parisian lawyer about Napoleon III 140 years earlier, falsified by a Russian spy three decades later and used as a pretext for racial mass-murder in Germany.

Meeting the leader of Hammas

Inside one of these concrete houses in Gaza, its walls and stairs bare, I met the man who was then Hamas's number two.
Abdel-Aziz Rantisi
wore tan slacks and one of those ubiquitous check shirts that are the new uniform for men in the Middle East.
A serious-looking man with dark eyebrows, he had once been a paediatrician, his radicalisation dating from a period he spent exiled to a no-man's-land on the Lebanese-Israeli border with 400 others. Here in Gaza, in a room with curtains closed against spying eyes, containing a child's model of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and a picture of al-Banna, we conducted a short interview.
He spoke partly in English and partly in Arabic.

Towards the end I asked him directly about the Protocols and what their were doing in the Hamas Covenant.
Rantisi frowned.
'You know'
, he said, 'when I first heard about this document, I didn't want to believe it.
But then I saw what was happening in Palestine and I could see that it was genuine.'
It fitted then, it fits now.
Reality provides the best commentary.
Hammas was then the second-largest organisation among all Palestinians, and was growing fast as hope for peace receded.
Rantisi, however, was dead within a few months. The second attempt on his life by a helicopter gunship succeeded. He was by that time the leader of Hamas, having himself replaced the assassinated blind Sheikh Yassin some weeks previously

What I learned on that Journey was that invocations of the Protocols and other manifestations of European anti-Semitism were rife in the Arab and wider Muslim world.

What I learned on that Journey was that invocations of the Protocols and other manifestations of European anti-Semitism were rife in the Arab and wider Muslim world.

Take just one example, from the 'Political National Education' page of the Palestinian Authority daily newspaper Al-Hayat al-Jadida
(25 January 2001). There it claimed that
'disinformation has been one of the bases of moral and psychological manipulation among the Israelis... The Protocols of the Elders of Zion did not ignore the importance of using propaganda to promote the Zionist goals.'
And it directly quoted our old friend the Twelfth Protocol, though leaving out any archaic references to the god Vishnu.

The Palestinians are few in number and the nature of their grievance against some Jews is well understood. The tensions in the Middle East also exemplify the danger that the Protocols still represent. At the time of writing there is considerable concern that the Islamic Republic of Iran might be developing a nuclear weapon. As the prime target for such a weapon, Israel might seek to take pre-emptive action - action which could lead to a wider war - as it did in 1981, when it bombed the first Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq.

In April 2004 an Iranian TV station broadcast a documentary series entitled Al-Sameria wa al-Saher.
The series' purpose was to explain to Iranians how the Jews control Hollywood.
For example,
Funny Girl - starring ' the ugly Jewish actress Barbra Streisand' - was one of a number of movies designed to depict the Jews favourably.
Tootsie was another.
Yentl 'dealt with the Zionists wish to benefit from feminism'.
The Matrix was 'a meeting point between Hollywood and Jewish Zionist fundamentalism';
Lawrence of Arabia was an attempt to 'infantilise the Arabs'; and
Alien was designed to demonise non-Westerners.
All of this, a narrator claimed, was ' in total compliance with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion',

But just in case the Iranian viewer of the early twenty-first century was not fully versed in the story of the Protocols, the documentary carefully outlined the story of the Basle congress of 1897, with its own new twist. In this version some Russian policemen set fire to the congress hall while the delegates were inside*. Terrified, 'the Jews fled, and the policemen went inside and gathered up all the documents and sent them to Moscow'. Among these writings they found what was later called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.  'The Protocols were divided into twenty-four parts,' the narrator claimed,

'and included the Satanic Jewish ideas of taking over the world using a Jewish government, after destroying all of Orthodox Russia, Catholic Europe, the pope's reign and Islam.'

In May and June 2008 the Iranian television news channel IRINN showed a series entitled The Secret of Armageddon, in which various academics and 'researchers' testified to the truth of the Protocols. The narrator concluded the series by tying the old conspiracy to new ones.

'Today, there are many indications that the 'hidden hands' of world Zionism were involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
According to a large group of Western intellectuals, the Zionists are the real rulers of the United States,
According to irrefutable documents published by independent American media outlets, the Zionists used intelligence agents and spies, with the full cooperation of agencies with[in] the country, to carry out this terrorist operation in full view of the world, in order to prepare the ground for taking over Afghanistan and Iraq, and to realize the dream of a greater Israel.

The thread from Goedsche to the present day has never properly been snapped.
Johann Von Leers died in 1965, incidentally, but not in prison or in Germany or even in a South American hideaway.
Somehow he had fled to the Middle East, lain low, converted to Islam under the name of Omar Amin, and then resurfaced in Egypt as an adviser on propaganda to the Arab nationalist government of President Nasser.
One of Nasser's practices, while Von Leers was with him, was to hand out, to those who wanted them, and those who didn't, copies of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Extracted, with permission, from the chapter THE UNCANNY NOTE OF PROPHECY pp17 - pp48 -  Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch 2009.
Random House publishers, ISBN: 9780099478966

For the best detailed exposition of the history of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and how it was fraudulently invented by the Tzar's secret service to counter communist insurgents please see the whole of chapter one of Voodoo Histories and review the SAFF's analysis of the deadly impact of the Zionist New World Order myth here:   http://saff.nfshost.com/nwo.htm 
To see the inherent anti-Semitism in the casual use of false Protocol claims in modern times, spawned by internet conpiracy theorists and misguided activists of the extreme Left, please see: http://saff.nfshost.com/davidicke.htm
* For an explanation of how setting fires to destroy Jews hiding in buildings is a historical meme and occurred in Britain see: http://saff.nfshost.com/cliffordstower.htm

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