German Jews condemn anti-Semitic items on Amazon

German Jews condemn anti-Semitic items on Amazon

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York
The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City, US, Feb 14, 2019. (File photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

BERLIN: The Central Council of Jews in Germany denounced online retail giant Amazon on Saturday (Jul 13) for allowing the sale of anti-Semitic books and pro-Nazi merchandise, calling for the practice to immediately stop.

It is "absolutely unacceptable that T-shirts and stickers be sold via Amazon that glorify the Nazis or incite hatred against minorities," council president Josef Schuster said in an interview with media group RND.

Amazon has "a great moral and social responsibility," and cannot portray itself as a simple "supplier", he added.

"What we expect from a company such as Amazon, and from competent authorities, is that they immediately withdraw these articles from circulation and systematically launch legal proceedings," Schuster said.

He highlighted books such as The Jew As World Parasite which was listed on Amazon in Germany early Saturday for €20 (US$22.50).

The online retail giant declined to comment when contacted by RND.

More than six million predominantly European Jews were killed during the Nazi genocide in World War II.

Source: AFP/zl

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