Un­der-pres­sure Ama­zon pulls Shoah-de­nial books

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NATHAN JEF­FAY Wit­tak­ers; by Arthur R Butz

THE ON­LINE re­tailer Ama­zon has stopped selling three Holo­caust-de­nial books af­ter Jewish groups voiced grow­ing frus­tra­tion that the web­site was giv­ing a plat­form to an­ti­semites.

The com­pany has been crit­i­cised for years over the re­vi­sion­ist ti­tles for sale on its web­site but the re­cent up­surge in an­ti­semitism across Amer­ica prompted Robert Rozett, a se­nior of­fi­cial at Yad Vashem, to write to Ama­zon CEO Jeff Be­zos last month call­ing for im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the three ti­tles that Mr Rozett had com­plained about were un­avail­able for pur­chase. Two were not show­ing up in searches, and one was listed but with a note say­ing that it was un­der re­view and could not be bought.

Mr Rozett said the com­pany had taken a “pos­i­tive first step” which showed that they were lis­ten­ing to him and other Jewish groups that echoed his de­mand, such as the World Jewish Congress. Ama­zon’s ac­tions this week “in­di­cate that they are tak­ing this se­ri­ously”, he added.

The ti­tles in ques­tion were: Holo­caust: The Great­est Lie Ever Told, by Eleanor

The Hoax of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury: The Case Against the Pre­sumed Ex­ter­mi­na­tion of Euro­pean Jewry, and Did Six Mil­lion Re­ally Die? by Richard Har­wood.

Ama­zon did not an­swer a re­quest for com­ment, and did not tell Mr Rozett the books were be­ing taken down.

Mr Rozett said the real test will be whether it takes re­lated steps to stop feed­ing an­ti­semitism.

“It’s a com­plex prob­lem be­cause Ama­zon is selling books car­ry­ing reader re­views which de­fend them, and then Ama­zon rec­om­mends re­lated ti­tles to peo­ple,” he said.

Mr Rozett wants to know that Ama­zon will en­sure that no Holo­caust de­nial ti­tles are sold, that no re­view sections on its site are used to prop­a­gate de­nial, and that peo­ple who bought de­nial books in the past are not be­ing rec­om­mended books that are likely to strengthen an­ti­semitic beliefs. Sick: Some of the books re­moved by Ama­zon

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