A new Arabic-language video produced by the American Jewish Committee aims to combat anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the Arab world, the Jewish association announced last week.
The video focuses on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a 19th-century Russian work that purports to reveal a secret Jewish plot for world domination. Although the book is an anti-Semitic hoax, it had a huge impact and served as a rallying cry for anti-Semites, including the Nazi Party.
He also found an audience in the Arab world. Visitors to Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo and Amman are often struck by the abundance of tracts like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – translated into Arabic – in city street bookstores. Buyers can purchase the flyer cheaply and learn about Jewish plans for world domination.
“Although repeatedly debunked, this absurd forgery is nonetheless popular reading in many parts of the Arab world. Today we are highlighting the story of The Protocols and revealing the absurdity of its claims to prevent it from further poisoning hearts and minds, ”said David Harris, Head of AJC .
The new video is part of a series produced by AJC that aims to increase understanding of Jews and Jewish history in the Arab world.
“It is increasingly recognized that designating Jews and Israel as scapegoats will not solve the region’s problems, and that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have been a stubbornly significant obstacle to regional progress,” Harris said.
Launched in early 2020, the project’s Arabic-language videos have attracted hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.