German Jewish leader condemns anti-Semitic items on Amazon
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German Jewish leader condemns anti-Semitic items on Amazon

Books currently for sale on the online retailer include ‘The Jew as World Parasite’ and ‘Judas: The World Enemy’, as well as pro-Nazi merchandise

Illustrative: A United Parcel Service driver delivers packages from Amazon.com in Palo Alto, California, June 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma/File)
Illustrative: A United Parcel Service driver delivers packages from Amazon.com in Palo Alto, California, June 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma/File)

The Central Council of Jews in Germany denounced online retail giant Amazon on Saturday 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.

Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, speaking at the Westend synagogue, in Frankfurt, Germany, September 26, 2016. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images via JTA)

He highlighted books such as “The Jew as World Parasite” which was listed on Amazon in Germany Saturday for 20 euros ($22.50), and “Judas: The World Enemy,” available for 10 euros.

RND reported that T-shirts sold on the Amazon Marketplace platform for third-party sellers include some bearing the slogans such as “Brown even without the sun” and “Nordic rage knows no mercy.”

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

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