Rabbis urge Apple to ban antisemitic app

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2012
The antisemitic app can be used on iPad and iPhone devices

The antisemitic app can be used on iPad and iPhone devices

An app which allows a notorious antisemitic book to be downloaded to mobile devices has been condemned by the Conference of European Rabbis.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is available to buy for 69p on Apple’s iTunes store.

Its description on the store acknowledges that the Protocols is a forgery and part of antisemitic, anti-Zionist conspiracy theory.

The app was developed in Arabic and can be used on iPhone and iPad devices. It was released earlier this year and is sold in the “education” category, advertised as suitable for those above the age of four.

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt of the Conference of European Rabbis has written to Apple demanding that it withdraws the app from sale.

He said: “Although the Protocols of the Elders of Zion can and should be available for academics to study in its proper context, to disseminate such hateful invective as a mobile app is dangerous and inexcusable.

“As an app, it is much less likely to be used responsibly by historians and much more likely to be used by antisemitic conspiracy theorists and their fellow travellers to pursue their racist agenda.”

Apple has yet to respond to the complaints or confirm whether it will remove the app from sale.

Last updated: 10:29am, August 15 2012