Moscow TV revives infamous anti-Semitic forgery ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’

Anti-Semitic signs at a neo-Nazy rally in Russia (Image: cursorinfo.co.il)

Anti-Semitic signs at a neo-Nazy rally in Russia (Image: cursorinfo.co.il) 

2016/08/11 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics

Last Friday night in prime time, Moscow’s REN-TV presented what it says was a documentary about the sinking of the Titanic in 2012 that suggested that the sinking of the ship was the result of a Masonic conspiracy with, in the words of one viewer, “a clearly expressed anti-Semitic subtext.”

Aleksey Zheleznev suggests that this represented “a reanimation in Russia of ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a vicious anti-Semitic forgery that animated the Russian far right at the end of the imperial period and retains support among Russian marginal to this day.

The Moscow television show, he points out, was a remake of a film prepared for the centenary of the loss of the Titanic in 2012. That film suggested that a shadowy “Group of 300” consisting of Jews, Masons and Illuminati had sunk the ship in order to provoke chaos and bring to power “a universal government’” controlled by themselves.

The notion that such a conspiracy existed, of course, was a central theme of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and completely absurd. But when REN-TV showed it in 2012, it spoke about all this in the past tense, as something that had happened in the years before World War I and therefore quite distant from today’s world.

What makes the new showing disturbing, Zheleznev says, is that the revised version of the film shown at the end of last week drops any reference to this time frame and thus presents this “content” outside of time and thus important for the present day, especially since it links the sinking of the Titanic to more recent events.

Among these, the Russian writer says, are “the diversion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, the destruction of the USSR in 1991, and the blowing up of the twin towers in New York in 2001, “in which,” according to the film’s writers, “Arab terrorists were unjustly accused.”

“The goal of these horrific crimes,” the film suggests in Zheleznev’s words, “is to frighten people and to transform them into an obedient herd condemned to subordination or destruction.”

According to “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” this conspiracy was hatched in 1897 at the First Zionist Congress. The pamphlet itself appeared in 1903 and was given wide distribution in Russia even though it was denounced as crude anti-Semitic forgery by many Russians.

What is worrisome, Zheleznev says, is that once again, the ideas in this forgery are being disseminated by the Russian media – and this time by the far more powerful and influential Russian television which surveys show many Russians now accept not only as reflecting the views of the Kremlin but as necessarily true.

This television program comes on the heels of another event in Russia that is of concern. A State Duma deputy from the majority party United Russia, Mikhail Starshinov, has called for reestablishing state control over “the quality of religious education and preaching,” arguing that the USSR offers “a positive case” in this regard.

Aleksandr Boroda, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, says that he is extremely worried about what this would mean for religious life in Russia and because it appears that this proposal has a Kremlin imprimatur.

In a Federation press release, the rabbi says that what Starshinov seeks is the “de facto restoration of the Soviet ‘Council on Religious Affairs’” which exercised “total control over religious life” and which was often involved in anti-Semitic outrages.


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  • Ben Skinner

    Do the editors really think that those unconvinced of Moscow’s treachery, after all of the concrete, heinous aggression in recent times, will be swayed to disapprove of Putin’s regime based on “anti-semitism”? Come on, this is being played way too often here, by both sides. Many people of jewish descent tire of this smear contest. Antisemitism exists, but is nowhere near as important as antihumanism, which is the true driving force behind the ills Ukraine (and the planet) is facing. So what if the Russia Federation decides to stoop so low? There are plenty of options to report on, things that would make your average reader better informed, and do more to illustrate Russia’s ineptitude. The Kerch bridge project? False flag terrorism in Crimea? How about more true Ukrainian perspectives?
    I don’t mean to criticize so much, but after the first couple rounds of each side painting the other as “antisemites”, it gets painfully old. My own jewish grandmother despised such tactics, she recognized it for the tasteless red herring that it is.

    • MichaelA

      so you think they should not have reported it?
      I dont understand you at all
      euromaidan press runs lots of articles
      why not one about this?

      • Ben Skinner

        Because this doesn’t have a purpose of helping Ukraine, it is merely a smear tactic, something that Ukrainian media should be above utilizing. Painting your enemy as “antisemitic” is only a legitimate tactic if 1) It’s true 2) Your audience is mostly Jewish.
        Using Jewish victimhood for the emotional manipulation of your audience is disgusting, and in fact harms the image of Jews. Everyone sees us as whining complainers that can’t get over historical tragedies, almost entirely due to opportunists in various media. Most Jews don’t spend there lives wondering who they can label as “antisemites”, though we might jokingly refer to our own friends and family as such.

        • Alex George

          For starters, Russia is anti-semitic. Nothing has changed much since Soviet days when jews were labelled as such on their passport instead by their region like everyone else.

          Secondly, Russian media constantly seeks to paint Ukraine as a hotbed of anti-semitism, when it isn’t, and of neo-fascism, when it isn’t. In order to see the whole picture, the public have to know what Russia is doing at the very same time as it accuses others of what it does itself.

          Thus there are two reasons for publishing this – showing the truth of what Russia is, and showing yet one more area where Russia does precisely what it accuses others of.

          And that does relate directly to Ukraine because Russia intends to see Ukraine destroyed. This battle, which is ideological, political, economic etc as well as military, only has one end in the eyes of the Kremlin – the destruction of Ukraine as an independent state.

          • Ben Skinner

            While you’re not wrong, please understand that when Russia accuses Ukraine of antisemitism, it’s mostly met with dismissive chuckles by those who know better. Many Ukrainian Jews fled due to Russian policies of oppression, far worse than what they faced in modern, independent Ukraine. Many prominent figures in Ukraine today descend from Jews, even some in the Rada.
            The result of this, is that Ukraine needn’t even answer such ridiculous accusations, let alone engage in a mud slinging contest with a far more antisemitic regime.

          • MichaelA

            but most people dont know better
            thats why they have to be told the truth

    • Alex George

      Of course it gets old – every exchange in this conflict between Russia and the west soon gets old. Don’t think you are special.

      When the Jewish people of Ukraine complain about this, then I will be interested in their complaint.

      By the way, have you read the two posts below, by ‘there is a god’ and ‘jimmy yost’? It will give you an idea what is lurking below the surface with many people.

      • Ben Skinner

        As a person of Jewish heritage, I do find it irksome that my ethnicity is used as emotional fodder, precisely because I do not think that my ethnicity makes me special. There are numerous ethnicities suffering under Russian policy, Circassians for instance would be more relevant of a topic to more honestly achieve the same goal.

  • Dirk Smith

    Muscovy is the cancer of humanity.

    • http://www.krantvannederland.nl/ Cees Boogaart

      It always was, when russians behave as russians: google: chicago tribune+nukes+1994, you read why that was known before Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan gave up their nukes to russia, on demand of USA.

  • Terry Washington

    What was about Kremlin propaganda claiming that the post Yanukovych Ukraine was a hotbed of “Banderists”, Neo-Nazis and other anti-Semitic elements?!

    • MichaelA

      they always accuse others of being what they are themselves

  • http://www.krantvannederland.nl/ Cees Boogaart

    Btw anti-semitic is a often misused verb, most used when meaning anti-jewish or anti-israeli. Semitic doesn’t point to any race or religion of people, its all about language , both Jews and Arabs and some other speak Semetic languages.

  • ThereisaGod

    There is nothing “crude” about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It is a work of genius.
    Furthermore it describes the activities of western governments with forensic accuracy. Their methods of financial enslavement, their wars against all that unites societies, race, nation, religion, family (especially Judaism’s primary enemy Christianity) and their determination to destroy every unity save their own.
    The Protocols also stress the importance of owning the mass media which, of course, has allowed these people to declare (and establish this belief as common currency) that the Protocols are a “fraud” …
    WHICH THEY MOST OBVIOUSLY ARE NOT.

  • Jimmy Yost

    Not only has the term ‘antisemitic’ become a worn out old rag, it is a pure lie seeing as how today’s so-called ‘Jews’ aren’t really Jews to begin with. Today’s so-called ‘Jews’ aren’t true Jews but are counterfeit Jews. The true Jews were of Hebrew stock (i.e.were descended from Jacob’s son Judah; the name ‘Jew’ was a shortened version of ‘Judah’) whereas today’s Jews are descended from Ashkenaz who was a grandson of Noah’s son Japheth who was a gentile. For full information see Arthur Koestler’s ‘The Thirteenth Tribe.’ It’s available from Amazon. Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 present an interesting overview of who today’s Jews really are.