An Arabic copy of the notorious anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is available on the Egyptian government’s State Information Service (SIS) website.
The website is described as “Your gateway to Egypt” and is affiliated with the office of the President. “Egypt State Information Service is the nation’s main informational, awareness and public relations agency. The SIS website was launched in 2009 and on 6/9/2012 a decree was issued to transfer the affiliation of (SIS) from the Ministry of Information to the Presidency of the Republic,” a statement on the website reads in part. It is unclear when this PDF copy of the Protocols was posted to the SIS website
The book is an Arabic translation of the original Protocols by an Egyptian writer, Abbas el-Akkad. The book first appeared in the early 1960s and includes a warning to the reader that the Jews will fight this book anywhere it appears.
The website offers other publications and articles on Egypt’s culture, history and politics organized by sections. The Protocols, however, is available on the website without any classification or editorial language and can be accessed via a direct link or through a traditional search engine.
While anti-Semitism themes are not new in Egypt or to its elected officials, a government website providing access to the Protocols is a troubling reminder of just how steeped these narratives are in Egyptian society.