A new Syrian edition of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2005) featured at the Cairo International Book Fair and exhibited with other Syrian-published anti-Semitic books.

Issued on: 28/02/2005 Type: Article

Overview
  • The Syrian régime, both the former, controlled by the late president Hafiz al-Assad and the current, controlled by his son Bashar, is infected with anti-Semitism. The comments made by Bashar, the anti-Semitic bias of the Syrian media (including the production of anti-Semitic TV shows such as The Exile1) and the publication of anti-Semitic books (including the new edition of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion) have all given witness to it.
  • A new edition of The Protocols was published early in 2005 and, as noted by the publisher, authorized by the Syrian Ministry of Information in May 2004. It is marketed through DarAl-Awael’s Internet site, as are other anti-Semitic books. The site provides pictures of the front covers of 119 books published during 2000-2005, many of them anti-Semitic in nature (See Appendix C). At the same time, Dar Al-Awael’s home page boasts that it encourages mutual respect and refrains from using language which encourages violence and hatred.
  • The roots of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion lie in classic, Christian European anti-Semitism; however, the introduction to the Syrian edition also supports its libels with Islamic sources, and the result is a fusion of European and Islamic motifs. Not merely a reissuing of the familiar Protocols, it has been prefaced with an introduction and chapters dealing with current political issues, combining anti-Semitic myths of Jewish world domination, theories of Jewish influence on world politics and on American policy, encouragement of Palestinian terrorism and blatant anti-American and anti-Israeli incitement. Israel, according to the introduction, is doomed to disappear from the face of the earth. He asks: “Have the aims of The Protocols been achieved, have their plots been successful? Are the collapse and end of the State of Israel still undecided issues?”
  • Anti-Semitic material published in Syria is distributed to the entire Arab-Muslim world. One example is the new edition of The Protocols was exhibited at the Syrian publisher’s DarAl-Awael’s stand at the last Egyptian International Book Fair (January 27 - February 8, 2005), held in Cairo. The Fair is considered the most important event in the Arabic publishing world’s calendar. Twenty-five countries participated, 16 of them Arab nations. Western countries were also represented. It should be noted that the Fair’s directorate was able to exclude materials considered problematical by the Egyptian régime. On the other hand, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and other anti-Semitic books published in Syria and elsewhere in the Arab world apparently were not considered offensive to the régime in any way, their import into Egypt was not restricted and they were allowed to be shown and sold at the Book Fair.
Appendices
  • Appendix A (1-8) : Spotlight onThe Protocols of the Elders of Zion, 2005 edition, by Raja ‘Abd al-Hamid ‘Urabi, Dar Al-Awael Publishing House, Damascus, 2005.
  • Appendix B : Marketing anti-Semitism – distributing the new edition of The Protocols via DarAl-Awael’s Internet site.
  • Appendix C : Information about DarAl-Awael Publishing House and its anti-Semitic books (taken from its Internet site).
  • Appendix D : Earlier versions of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion published in Syria and also on sale at the Cairo International Book Fair. 

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