Antisemitic smartphone applications
By Hans Olav Arnesen
Are there, or should there, be limits to what kind of information you can download through Android or iPhone applications? According to Jewish religious leaders and politicians the answer is a resoundig YES! The application that has made such a stir makes the infamous antisemitic document known as «The Protocols of the Elders of Zion» available on your smartphone. Authorship of this literary forgery is most often attributed to the Okhrana, the secret police in tsarist Russia. It claims to be a secret document belonging to a hidden brotherhood of Jewish elders, and supposedly reveals their plans for world dominion.
Among the Jewish leaders who reacts to the application, is Yaakov Hagoel, the head of the World Zionist Organization’s departments for Activities in Israel and Countering anti- Semitism. Through The Jerusalem Post he forwards the following request:
“Respectfully, I call on you to remove the racist and hate-filled application from the Apple app store,” Hagoel said in a statement addressed to Apple. “Just as Apple should not tolerate pornography or violence, it should not support selling an incitement to anti-Semitism.”
Apple has removed the application from its store, but it is still available for purchase on Google Play. It´s described in the following ominous way:
«The document known now as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is one of the most important documents ever to come to light in the world. In fact, it can be described as the blueprint for the domination of the world by a secret brotherhood …»