Notorious ‘protocols’ on Sale in Paris
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Notorious ‘protocols’ on Sale in Paris

A new version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the “classic” of anti-Semitic literature, is currently on sale in Paris. The French edition was printed in Kuwait shortly after the Yom Kippur War and includes a foreword explaining that its “publication is now considered necessary, even imperative.”

The book is on view in several bookshops in predominantly Arab areas in the north of the city and is sold for 60 Francs ($10), a relatively low price for its size.

Several Jewish organizations reportedly plan to lodge formal complaints as the Protocols infringe on French legislation which makes it illegal to spread racial hatred or contribute to religious prejudice.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were first published in Czarist Russia by the secret police and have since been used by neo-Nazi organizations and various anti-Semitic governments.