On Monday, 19th of March, SICSA held a research seminar titled: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the national identity building in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.
The event was chaird by the head of the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Prof. Meir Hatina, and featured a lecture by the center's Posen Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Guy Bracha.
The lecture dealt with the only two translations of the Protocols of Elder of Zion to Arabic before 1948. The first one was made in 1925 by Antun Yamin, a Lebanese Maronite priest, and the second one was made in 1937 by Fridrik Zurayq from Alexandretta. The lecture examined each one of the translations in the political context in which the translator operated. The Argument is that the translations' goal was to impact the translator's contemporary politic debate by connecting, through the protocols, their opponents to the "Jewish conspiracy".