“Strategic Freemasonry”: Shades of Anti-Semitic Protocols in The Irish Times

  • Article 22: “They [Jews] were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.”
  • Article 28: “The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam.”

Perhaps the writer had no idea of the anti-Semitic undertones of his analogy when placed in the context of alleged secretive Israeli behavior. In any case, the language used is inappropriate under the circumstances.

Please email the Irish Times – newsdesk@irishtimes.com – and politely request that this language is edited from the article, remembering that its inclusion is most likely motivated by ignorance rather than anti-Semitic intent.

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