Jewish organization urges Amazon to remove Nazi-related items again

Jewish organization urges Amazon to remove Nazi-related items again

Jewish organization urges Amazon to remove Nazi-related items again

  • Amazon is again criticized for allowing the sale of offensive items on its site.
  • The SWC says this isn’t the first – or second – time it has called out the retailer for Nazi propaganda.
  • Amazon has since removed the items, but other related products remain, Gizmodo reported.

An international Jewish human rights organization is once again slamming Amazon for allegedly Nazi-related content.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center slammed Amazon for “monetizing Nazi and neo-Nazi paraphernalia” on its website in a blog post Thursday. According to the message, the SWC contacted the e-commerce giant via email on Wednesday asking it to “immediately put systems in place that will end the monetization of hateful products.”

The human rights organization said Amazon has licensed various companies to market and sell items associated with neo-Nazis, including swastika necklaces and face masks. They included screenshots of some of these items in a letter to Amazon.

Although Amazon has since removed several of the items, there are still similar items for sale on the retailer’s site, news outlet Gizmodo reported.

Skeleton skull brooch on Amazon that SWC says is Nazi-related

The Simon Wiesenthal Center

“Amazon is the nation’s go-to online store for every product imaginable,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of global outreach at the SWC, said in a statement.

“At a time when 63% of all religion-based hate crimes in America target American Jews, or 2.4% of the American population, at a time when black people are once again the number one target of racially-based hatred, Amazon should not use its business model to market neo-Nazi hate symbols and paraphernalia,” Cooper continued.

Swastika necklace featured on Amazon

The Simon Wiesenthal Center

Cooper then noted a letter the SWC sent to Amazon in 2022 for featuring 30 films the organization considered Nazi propaganda on Amazon Prime.

It was not the first time that consumers have criticized the tech giant for allegedly carrying anti-Semitic items. In 2019, Amazon removed Christmas decorations depicting the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, according to a report by Insider.

In 2020, the company was criticized for profiting from the sale of “vicious anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda” by the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in a tweet, Insider’s Charlie Wood reported.

“It’s just not acceptable for the biggest economic giant in the neighborhood to play games of Whac-A-Mole rather than fix things,” Cooper said, according to Gizmodo.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but a representative directed the New York Post to the company’s policy on “potentially offensive products.”

“Our technology continuously scans all products listed for sale for text and images that we believe violate our policies, and removes them immediately,” the policy reads.

“The field of potentially offensive products is nuanced and diverse, and we review thousands of products against our policies every day to ensure compliance.”

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