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07.03.2011 - The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

In an interview on the occasion of his visit to the Jerusalem International Book Fair, Umberto Eco talked about the question of why the popularity of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" did not wane after it was discovered to have been a forgery. He quoted one of the heads of the secret police in czarist Russia, who said that in order to quiet the masses, it is necessary to provide them with objects of hatred. Hatred, said Eco, is the force that propels the world. The discovery that the "Protocols" are a forgery pales beside the need for hatred; in fact, the text's popularity even increased.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/the-new-mideast-no-longer-revolves-around-israel-1.347565

 



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