The poverty charity Oxfam has apologised for selling copies of the notorious antisemitic tract, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and has removed the book from its online shop.
The antisemitic work was originally published in Czarist Russia in 1903 and, having since been translated into multiple languages, is still popular in parts of the world today. It is a fake record of a fictitious meeting of a Jewish cabal discussing its control of the world.
Oxfam’s marketing of the book was noticed by Israel’s ambassador to the UK, with a 1936 edition selling for £100 and a 2002 version available for £12.99. Reportedly, the English translations books were priced, photographed and put online by volunteers.
Oxfam released a statement saying: “As soon as the books were brought to our attention we removed them from sale and they are being destroyed. They should not have been listed. We provide guidance to our staff on items that are not acceptable for sale. We apologise for the error and offence caused. We will look at steps to take to prevent it happening again.”