Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, has written to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to ask them to stop selling Holocaust denial books on its website, as The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.
"It has been clear for many years now that Holocaust denial literature is freely available for purchase over Amazon," Dr. Robert Rozett, director of the libraries for Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to Holocaust victims, wrote to the online retailer's CEO. "Many of the items appear with glowing readers' reviews and recommendations for further reading in the same vein."
The letter added, amid recently visible displays of anti-Semitism, "maybe the time is a little more ripe for them to take up the idea that they need to be more careful in what they sell," according to the Post.
"Once again, given the presence of anti-Semitism around the globe, which has become more prevalent in recent years, we strongly urge you to remove books that deny, distort and trivialize the Holocaust from your store," Rozett's impassioned letter read.
"Holocaust denial and other forms of hate speech indisputably nurture prejudice and hate crimes. Open discussion of ideas is certainly essential to pluralistic and democratic systems, but facilitating the spread of such hate-filled ideas is irresponsible, to say the least. As a major agent for the dissemination of ideas, it is incumbent upon Amazon, as it is also incumbent upon Internet providers in general, to act to curb the spread of hatred."
Short of removing the books in the U.S., which might get some protection as free speech, the hate speech nature books should be marked as such, according to the Post.
"But the best thing would be if they would sign up not to sell this material," Rozett wrote, per the report.
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