Cardiff li­brary backs down on Pro­to­cols

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JES­SICA ELGOT

ANTI-RACISM CAM­PAIGN­ERS HAVE urged Cardiff City Coun­cil to re­move a copy of the Pro­to­cols of the El­ders of Zion from a city li­brary.

Anti-racism cam­paigner Dave Ship­per, 85, wrote to the li­brary in Fe­bru­ary that the book was writ­ten to “foster ha­tred of Jews”.

The edi­tion of the an­ti­semitic forgery, printed in 2010 in Mil­ton Keynes, is the trans­la­tion by Vic­tor E Mars­den and has no aca­demic an­no­ta­tions or in­di­ca­tion that the con­tent is fraud­u­lent, ac­cord­ing to Mr Ship­per.

He said: “I hope it is by ac­ci­dent rather than de­sign, and that this copy could have been do­nated and ac­cepted [by the li­brary] un­wit­tingly. I am an­ti­cen­sor­ship, and the text should be avail­able for re­search, but this was on an open shelf, with noth­ing to mod­ify it. It was along­side many text­books on anti-racism.”

Cardiff Coun­cil has now agreed to re­move the book from the open shelf, but will not re­strict ac­cess to it when re­quested.

A Cardiff Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Cardiff Li­brary Ser­vice does not re­strict ac­cess to pub­licly avail­able ma­te­rial, un­less it is against the law. We do not there­fore ex­clude ma­te­rial on the ba­sis of moral, po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious, racial or gen­der grounds. How­ever, fol­low­ing the cor­re­spon­dence with Mr Ship­per, we have de­cided to re­move the book from open shelves and make it ac­ces­si­ble on ap­pli­ca­tion only.”

Mr Ship­per, whose fa­ther was Jewish, said li­brary staff had told him that the book was clearly cat­e­gorised as “racism”. He said: “If that is cat­e­gorised as racism, then what on earth are the other books avail­able in that cat­e­gory?”

A spokesman for the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust urged Cardiff to re­move the book al­to­gether. “It is out­ra­geous that such a prom­i­nent an­ti­semitic book should be avail­able in a public li­brary. CST urges the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to re­move it im­me­di­ately. Fail­ure to do so would be a moral dis­grace.”

A char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally apoc­a­lyp­tic il­lus­tra­tion by Bro­ken Fingaz

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