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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) comments on the Jews control the world myth and notes that "for centuries, anti-Semitic propaganda has demonized the Jew as a conspiratorial, manipulative outsider, often with powers and designs of world domination. From the Middle Ages through the Holocaust, fabricated accusations against Jews as poisoners and corrupters have led to horrendous suffering for the Jewish people."
The modern liable that Jews control the world originates with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion has inspired Pogroms in Russia as well as Nazi ideology under Hitler. It is a form of hate speech that is well documented and has contributed to the death of millions across the world. The idea of Jewish World domination is today often linked to the myth that Jews control America (a myth related to the rise of the Neo-conservative movement in America), or that Jews control the mass media, another myth. The Arab world also regularly produce books and TV documentries to "prove" the Jews control the world.
The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" which postulate a world Jewish conspiracy are the most notorious and most successful work of modern antisemitism. Jewish virtual library notes that the Protocols have "been heralded by anti-Semites as proof that Jews are plotting to take over the world". In reality the protocols are an antisemitic hoax that purports to describe a plan to achieve world domination by Jews through an alleged (but actually non-existent) secret council of elders.
The earliest form of this story is a 1797 version that blamed the French Revolution on a secret conspiracy run by Freemasons, it was not about World domination nor about a Jewish conspiracy for world domination. This story was picked up by French satirist Maurice Joly who in 1864 wrote a pamphlet "Dialogues in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu", this pamphlet too was not about Jews or a Jewish conspiracy for world domination. It was Joly's pamphlet that Hermann Goedsche, a German antisemite and member of the Prussian Secret Police, adapted adapted into a fantasy of a secret centennial rabbinical conference which met to review their control of the world over the past hundred years and to make plans for control of the world for the next century. Goedsche work was translated into Russian in 1872 and published as the "Rabbi's Speech" in Russian in 1891. During the Dreyfus case of 18931895, the Prussian Secret Police in Paris cobmined Joly and Goedsche work into a new edition called the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The manuscript of the Protocols was brought to Russia in 1895 and was printed privately in 1897.
The major Americal publication of the Protcols was under the name “The International Jew: The World’s Problem.” by Henry Ford. Ford was not only an industrial genius, he was also one biggest antisemites of his era. Ford asserted that there was a Jewish conspiracy to control the world and he blamed Jewish bankers for World War I and later World War II.
For more information on the protocols we recommend the book "The Lie That Wouldn't Die: The Protocols of Elders of Zion", by Hadassa Ben-Itto, or for a shorter read Jewish Virtual Library's explanation or the Wikipedia page
The Nazis used the idea of a Jewish conspiracy for world domination even as they themselves invaded country after country. In Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”; 1925-27), Hitler introduced to Nazi ideology "the idea of the Jews as an evil race struggling for world domination" (Encyclopædia Britannica). Hitler borrowed greatly from the protocols as did his minister of propoganda.
Inventing stories about Jews trying to take over the world seems to be a favourite past time in the Arab Middle East. Palestinian Media Watch has a page of cartoon from the Arab media on this theme. They also have a page on the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and their use in the Arab media include the TV serries.
The Charter of Hamas makes explicit reference to both World domination by the Jews and to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It says (Article 22) "With their money, they took control of the world media... With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the globe... They stood behind the French Revolution, the Communist Revolution...", and in Article 32 it talks about expansionism and says "Their scheme has been laid out in the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion'" (source).Lets also look at the example of a book published in 2002 in Egypt, it seeks to "prove" that a Jewish conspiracy is behind most world events, and that the Jews’ objective is to dominate the world. The ADL have a full report. Or in the Arab TV media, take the serries "The Diaspora" (Al-Shatat), a Syrian-produced TV series that "explains" how Jews, as an ideological and religious conviction, are trying to subjugate the entire world. It's been broad cast on Al-Manar (Hizbollah TV), on Iranian TV, and during the Ramadan on Jordanian TV Al-Mamnou. The Jews are described as evil and bloodthirsty, interested only in power and world domination. Read the full story.
The Jews control the world myth is often linked to the myth of America being controlled by Jews. Some use neo-con interest in Israel out of context, suggesting that rather than America's Interests, the Neo-Cons are after Israel's interest in and of themself. They point to the relatively large proportion of Jewish neoconservatives, and have raised the question of "dual loyalty".
In the Arab world a link is made between the big Satan (America) and the Little Satan (Israel). Even that is not enough and the Arab world try to propogate a myth of Jewish Control of the world via control of the US and the UN. This is illustrated by a 2006 set of cartoons (compiled by the ADL) the depict "Jewish Control" of the world.
The myth that Jews control the media is a key part of the Jewish gobal conspiracy theories. The US racist magazine "National Vanguard" says that "Jewish control of the American mass media is the single most important fact of life, not just in America, but in the whole world today".
The antisemitic site Jew Watch also talks about Jewish Media Control. They even found a headline "Jews Control the Media and Rule America", a bit of hyperbole from an obscure magazine. No doubt it is gettign much more publicity now then it ever did in print.
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