HBO's "Protocols of Zion" [Excerpts]
By Steven Stalinsky
This month marks the 100 year anniversary of the first printing of the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The anniversary will be commemorated throughout the world including a two day conference at Boston University's Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. Tonight in New York, HBO Films will premier the documentary "Protocols of Zion" by Marc Levin's Blowback Productions (www.blowbackproductions.com). The documentary will be screened later in the month in selected theatres throughout America.
"The Protocols" are frequently referred to in the Arab and Iranian press connecting Jewish conspiracies to among other things: assassinations of Arab leaders; the war in Iraq; control of Hollywood, the press, economics, and world resources; and on an alleged war on Islam. As Levin's film illustrates, the most popular conspiracies are related to Jewish involvement in the 9-11 attacks.
For example, the president of the Middle East Center for Studies and Public Relations, Hisham Jaber, appeared on Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV on July 11, 2005 stating: "I believe the events of 9-11 were not . . . perpetrated by Al Qaeda alone . . . it is global Zionism that stands to gain the most from this . . . we know that since the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Zionism has forged the New Testament - and by now, 60 million in the U.S. alone have left Christianity to become believers in the Torah. Global Zionism has tried to forge the Holy Koran . . . "
Leading Palestinian Authority religious figures often cite the "Protocols." Saudi Al-Majd TV aired an interview on February 20 with Palestinian Mufti Ikrima Sabri on the assassination of Lebanese leader Rafiq Al-Hariri: "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' and specifically the Talmud will discover that one of the goals of these protocols is to cause confusion in the world and to undermine security throughout the world."
Another example includes a Palestinian Authority TV Friday sermon by Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris on April 16, 2004: "Our battle with our enemy is great . . . We face a battle against the Crusaders and against World Zionism, which was exposed by the French intellectual, Garoudy, some 20 years ago . . . He converted to Islam and wrote of World Zionism's covetous aspirations, based on 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.'"
Mark Levin's documentary will make an important contribution to all future historical studies of the Protocols (http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0905/memri_protocols.php3?printer_friendly).