Brazil Protests to Iran for Distributing Portuguese ‘protocols’
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Brazil Protests to Iran for Distributing Portuguese ‘protocols’

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Brazil has protested to Iran for publishing and distributing a Portuguese translation of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” The Iranian charge d’affaires in Brasilia, Mouhmud Entiaz, was called to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, where he was harshly admonished. He was told that the “Protocols” are a racist and anti-Semitic falsification forbidden by law in Brazil and that distribution of the book must be stopped.

The Iranian diplomat said that the “Protocols” were genuine because they were “adopted by the First Zionist Congress in Basel” but promised, however, to stop their distribution. The “Protocols” have been on sale in Brazil since February of this year after several years’ absence in the country. Several publications in Sao Paulo asked interested persons to send 94 Cruzados (about $2) per copy to the unidentified P.O. Box 3331 in Sao Paulo.

In 1984, the Iranian Embassy in London marked the fifth anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah by printing a summary of the “Protocols” in an English magazine, Imam, in which the Iranians described Zionism as “an enemy of humanity” and said that the “Protocols” were “being adhered to word by word by the Jewish-influenced Western governments.”

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