Saudi scholar: Jews in Hollywood implementing ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’

Anti-Semitic book’s authenticity hasn’t been proven, says Riyadh-based sheikh, but its claim that wealthy Jews are trying to take over the world is ‘translated into reality’

Michael Bachner is a news editor at The Times of Israel

A Saudi scholar claimed that Jews are implementing the contents of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” by using Hollywood to “target us” and preoccupy the masses with arts, sports and theater.

While stressing that there is no proof of the authenticity of the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, Sheikh Sa’ad ibn Abdullah Al-Humayd, a professor of Hadith Studies at King Saud University in Riyadh, said this didn’t matter since what appears in the book “has been translated into reality.”

He said the conspiracy that Jews are trying to take over the world by using their wealth could have been intentionally distributed by Jews who concluded it would benefit them.

“Some people question the authenticity The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and indeed, we have some questions about this book,” said Sheikh Al-Humayd in an interview with the Saudi Wesal TV channel. The interview, which aired on March 21, was highlighted and translated on Thursday by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“It’s not clear how the news about so secret an organization can spread everywhere, especially since these people hold such power, as we all know,” added the sheikh. “However, if we look at reality, we see that what appears in this book is implemented.”

The Protocols was a forged text produced in Russia at the end of the 19th century, and published in more than half a million copies in the United States, which purports to outline Jewish plans to take over the world. It has been used by anti-Semites throughout the 20th and 21st centuries as justification for their views.

“Is it, in fact, possible that these Jews wrote this book, and intentionally spread the news about it, in order to weaken the resolve of the people?” asked the scholar. “Is it possible that they had studied the psychological effect that might be caused by reading such a book, and reached the conclusion that this psychological effect would serve them well? It’s possible. Only Allah knows. At any rate, we do not have proof for the authenticity of The Protocols, except for what exists in reality.”

“If we consider Hollywood, for example, and look at the films it produces, and at the feverish competition meant to preoccupy the people with the arts, with sports, with theater, and with films, and to aggrandize those insignificant people, such as actors, male and female dancers, sportsmen and sportswomen… This includes bringing women into games which they cannot perform, but into which they have been cast. It includes the arts, in all its diverse forms. They drown the people in such an atmosphere,” Al-Humayd continued.

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