Rashid Hassan, a columnist for the Jordanian daily Al-Dustour, claimed in an October 30, 2012 article that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were the basis for the Jews' actions against the Palestinians and for their takeover of the world's decision-making mechanisms. According to Hassan, the Jews are behind the smear campaigns against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, and Arabs must read the Protocols in order to understand the Jewish plot.
Following are excerpts from the article:
"During the holiday vacation, I reread The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, [as translated] by the Arab thinker 'Ajjaj Nuwayhed. Without exaggerating, I discovered that these Protocols explain what the Zionists are doing in occupied Palestine and the world, and illustrate the evil of the Zionists. The Jews are indeed taking over world markets, banks, media, etc., and it seems that they control many of the decision[-making] mechanisms in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere.
"[Let me] give a more detailed account, so that I am not accused of falling for conspiracy theories. The ideas and theses of the Zionist thinker Asher Ginsberg [Ahad Ha'am], who is said to have written the Protocols, are based on [one] central idea, which is to create an atmosphere of invasion and revenge leading to bloodshed, ruin, and destruction [by means of] secret societies, etc. This shows that the terrorism carried out by the Zionist gangs during and after WWII – from the massacres of Deir Yassin and Al-Dawayma [in 1948] to the massacre of Kafr Qasim [in 1956] – was in the spirit and according to the beliefs of Asher Ginsberg.
"In this respect, we find a big difference between the thesis of Herzl, founder of Zionism, and that of Ginsberg. The former's view is based on convergence and invasion, leading to the idea of a return to Palestine, which would become a gathering place for Jews from all over the world. This would be followed by an invasion, namely the war of elimination, holocaust, and acts of massacre against the Palestinian people that has been ongoing for over 100 years. This Zionist faith still dominates Zionist thought and leads to acts of massacre and to a political course [of action] that refuses to acknowledge the other. Today, this is expressed by the terrorist triumvirate of Netanyahu, Barak, and Lieberman, and it is the practical realization of the theses in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, written by Ginsberg, who became known to Zionists by the pen name 'Ahad Ha'am.'
"The central idea of the Protocols is that the Jews control the world from behind the scenes, and they can achieve this only by [using] sex and money, undermining the system of morals and values, and distorting the image of Islam and Christianity. A look at the slanderous attack on Islam today confirms this and proves that Zionism is responsible for the ceaseless acts of incitement and hatred against Islam and the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, peace be upon him...
"[Nuwayhed's] book indicates that [the original Protocols] were written in the late 19th century and contain Zionist evil much like the Talmud. They were presented at the first Zionist Congress in 1897, during which the Russian secret police raided the premises and captured all documents, including the Protocols [themselves], which were later translated into many languages so that the world could see the Jewish conspiracy...
"In conclusion, despite various opinions surrounding these Protocols, [every] Arab should study them, because they answer many unanswered questions."