March 4, NEW YORK –Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA)-controlled media continues to promote the classic anti-Semitic tract, produced by the Tsarist secret police at the turn of last century, that inspired Hitler and Nazism, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, with both PA TV broadcasting and the Maan Network, promoting the tract in the past month. PA promotion of the Protocols has been standard for years and dozens of instances of this can be found here.

On February 9, the Maan News Agency, an NGO founded in 2002 with Danish and Dutch government funding, published an opinion piece by Dr. Walid Shomaly headlined, ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: Where do we stand as far as they are concerned?’ In it, Shomaly treated the Protocols as a true, historical record of an alleged plan formulated by Jewish leaders “to infiltrate the world and take it over.” Shomaly then proceeds to outline the contents of the Protocols and asks, “Now, after this quick review of a few of these protocols, one wonders if the Jews belong to some other kind of human species, different from other nations. From where does all this evil and destructive energy derive? Do all the other nations deserve all this evil and hostility, just so that Jews may control them? Do all nations other than Jews really have clouded minds? … ‘May Allah help us, we the children of Palestine bent under the yoke of the cruelest settler occupation that modern history has known; this people that the Zionist movement’s leaders want to subject to the ‘illusions of their Protocols’ with all their evil ideas that contradict human nature of the inhabitants of this planet.” (Ma’an, February. 9, 2013, translation in ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion alive and well in the PA,’ Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) bulletin, February 25, 2013).

On February 3, PA-TV,  controlled by Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas’ party which controls the PA, broadcast a statement by a cleric, Imam Salah Al-Mitan, who declared, “Our enemies say: ‘A glass of wine and a pretty woman can harm Muhammad’s nation more than a thousand canons. We must strive to destroy the moral values so that we can easily rule the world.’ That’s in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” (PA TV (Fatah), February 3, 2012, translation in ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion alive and well in the PA,’ Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) bulletin, February 25, 2013).ZOA National Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael Goldblatt said, “PA broadcast and articles of this type, of which scores of examples exist, inform us that the Arab war on Israel continues because Jews and Israel are portrayed as inhuman, malignant forces that wish nothing other than the destruction and ruination of all people in the world.

“Jews are presented as an implacable foe upon whose destruction the future of the world depends. Is it any wonder Palestinian children grow up with hatred and loathing and seek to become terrorists? How can Palestinian society, and especially Palestinian youth, nurtured through its official media on the idea that they owe it to their religion and to humanity to destroy the Jews, embrace peace, compromise and reconciliation?

“We need yet again to ask the question: Why do we fund an entity like the PA that inculcates precisely the most poisonous anti-Semitism which prevents peace from being attained?

“The ZOA renews its call for terminating U.S. aid to the PA until and unless it arrests terrorists, outlaws terrorist groups and ends the incitement to hatred and murder in the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps that feeds war and terrorism.”

About the ZOA

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the oldest and one of the largest pro-Israel organizations in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA educates the public, elected officials, the media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing Arab war against Israel. The ZOA works to strengthen U.S.-Israel relations through educational activities, public affairs programs and our work on Capitol Hill, and to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias in the media, in textbooks, in schools and on college campuses. Under the leadership of such presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Rabbis Abba Hillel Silver and Stephen Wise, and current President Morton A. Klein, the ZOA has been – and continues to be – on the front lines of Jewish activism.


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