Jewish Groups Working Together to Stop Amazon from Facilitating Sales of Hateful Items

January 11, 2023

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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center

Canadian Jewish groups committed to preserving the sanctity of the memory of the Holocaust – including B'nai Brith Canada, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and Liberation75 – are uniting in a new campaign to stop Amazon Canada from continuing the sale of hateful and appalling items on its website.

B’nai Brith Canada recently discovered that Amazon, despite its own guidelines of not tolerating hate material, has been facilitating the sales of deeply offensive items such as Hitler and Nazi images, Holocaust-themed prints and Jewish ritual items presented as beachwear. There are even wall stickers, canvas prints and posters featuring images of emaciated concentration camp victims and the Auschwitz death camp items that shamefully commercialize deplorable acts of genocide and hate.

Despite appeals from Canadians who complained to Amazon, the company has not responded.

In the leadup to International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, Canadian organizations concerned by Holocaust trivialization are calling on supporters to use the hashtag #NeverAgainAmazon to raise awareness of this issue online. We encourage Canadians to check our social media channels for updates.

“Amazon’s transgressions and continued silence are serious and warrant a sustained intervention by a united Jewish community,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “We are bringing further attention to this ongoing issue and asking that Amazon Canada remove the problematic content by no later than Jan. 27, 2023 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

“We’re hopeful that a unified community approach against Amazon’s disturbing action, or rather inaction, will succeed,” said Michael Levitt, President and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center. “Amazon is one of the largest and most successful online retailers in our country. There’s no excuse for it to profit off the sale of revolting items profoundly offensive to the Jewish community and people of good conscience.”

“It is unacceptable that Amazon is facilitating the sales of such harmful and despicable items,” added Marilyn Sinclair, founder of Liberation75. “We must be relentless in working together and ensuring that these items are removed, and quickly. They are intolerable.”

Share the image below with the hashtag #NeverAgainAmazon on your social media pages to call on Amazon Canada to end the sale of hateful and offensive items on its website.