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FBI tweets link to files on ‘Protocols of Elders of Zion,’ sparking anger

Agency does not provide context for files from its archives on the anti-Semitic text, leading to accusations it could encourage bigotry against Jews

Illustrative: The FBI logo outside the Atlanta field office on February 1, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images via JTA)
Illustrative: The FBI logo outside the Atlanta field office on February 1, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images via JTA)

JTA — An official FBI Twitter account drew criticism for tweeting a link to a 139-page selection of the bureau’s files on “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the infamously anti-Semitic early 20th century text that accuses Jews of world domination.

The FBI Records Vault sent the tweet on Wednesday afternoon without context, and some Twitter users took it as a promotion of the message in the “Protocols.” However, the Twitter account regularly tweets declassified archival FBI documents.

The FBI did not respond to a request for comment by publishing time.

The files in the link include different copies of the “Protocols” text, which claims it is “Proof that Communism is a Jewish world plot to enslave the gentiles and to seize power during the resulting chaos,” as well as letters to former FBI head J. Edgar Hoover about it.

There is also a 1964 report by the Senate Judiciary Committee calling the text “fabricated” and “crude and vicious nonsense.”

The tweet spurred thousands of responses: Some Twitter users cheered it, while others condemned it.

Bend the Arc, a progressive Jewish advocacy group, wrote on Twitter: “The @FBI is tweeting out the most famous, fabricated antisemitic text with absolutely zero context. This is the same anti-Jewish lie that inspired Hitler and the Nazi regime. Now it’s coming directly from a white nationalist administration.”

Others echoed the concern:

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