Oxfam has pulled from its online shop two editions of a forged antisemitic pamphlet purporting a Jewish plot for world domination.
The virulently antisemitic tract first published in Czarist Russia at the turn of the century, inspired countless conspiracy theories and was invoked by Adolf Hitler.
The Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev took to social media on Friday after noticing editions of the Protocols of the learned elders of Zion donated to the charity appear on the global poverty charity’s online shop.
A 1936 edition described as being in very good condition was marketed online for £100, while a 2002 reprint was being advertised for £12.99.
The books, both translated into English from Russian, appear to have been priced, photographed and online by volunteers.
The Board of Deputies vice president Amanda Bowman said on Friday: “It is unthinkable that a charity such as Oxfam would knowingly by offering for sale a book notorious for being an antisemitic forgery.
“Now that it has been removed, we urge Oxfam to ensure that procedures are in place to make sure this does not happen again.”
An Oxfam spokesperson said: “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.”