Protocols of the Learned Elders Makes a Comeback

TV series causing controversy all over the world

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion  are now showing on Egyptian television.  This soap opera with such an unusual theme  will be aired for a month.  The television series  is based on the  Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.

Historians still argue over  the  issue of the famous protocols. No one is sure if they are really authentic or  if they were forged by an anti-Zionist. The numerous attempts made by the international community to shut down the miniseries have all failed. The Egyptian TV series is called “Horseman Without a Horse.” There are about 400 actors involved in the production of the series. Egyptian television will be airing the series during the holy month of Ramadan.

It used to be believed that the “plot” of  the protocols was allegedly written  by the secret police of the Russian Tsar Nikolay II. Later, another opinion emerged: the book was first published in France based on political satire about Napoleon III.

The protocols will first be aired  on a new private television channel in Egypt. Then,  the television series might be shown on Egyptian state television and in several other Arab countries as well.  American Jewish organizations  have held demonstrations in front of the Egyptian embassy in Washington, demanding  the series  be cancelled.

The US State Department is also concerned about the series, which it claims is based  on racism and unreliable sources. American ambassador David Welch expressed his concern as well. The Egyptian Minister for Information Safwat el-Sherif did not go over the entire plot of the series; however, the minister  assured the ambassador that there is nothing anti-Semitic about the series, as the Washington Times wrote.

The Israelis  have not watched the TV series; however, they already are sure that they don’t like it.  They claim that  the series might ruin relations between Israel and Egypt. The peace  treaty that was signed between the two countries in 1979 calls for the prevention of all forms of provocation and instigation. In addition, the New York-based Anti-Defamation League claimed that Arabs are demonizing Israel.

Egyptian newspapers have cited the author of the series script and one of the leading actors of the controversial TV series, Mohammed Sobhi. As he said, he wants to show that certain things described in the protocols have com true. The producer of the show promised that  there would be lots of comedy, tragedy, drama, history, romance, and national Arabic scenes.

The TV series is set in the historical period of 1855-1917. The first episode of the series could be considered a sort of a compliment to the Jews, as it indirectly mentions the great power of the Jewish state. "The armies of the free have been defeated by treachery. Beloved Palestine is lost, grabbed by Zion's sons through organized plundering,” narrates Mohammed Sobhi in the beginning of the series.

The authors of this controversial television production  decided to look back on the 19th century  in order to understand  the power and vitality  of the Jewish state. Will the world learn from this  history lesson?

Sergey Borisov

Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

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Author`s name Olga Savka