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Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,

Postby sheila19621 » Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:30 pm

On July 4, Amazon spammed its customers with advertisement of Norman Finkelstein's virulently anti-Semitic book, Image and Reality of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict. On May 30, Amazon similarly advertised Beyond Chutzpah: on the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. I have never received any other ad from Amazon.

On April 4, in an unprecedented move, Amazon deleted all reviews of Obadiah Shoher's Samson Blinded: A Machiavellian Perspective on the Middle East Conflict. A few days later, Amazon forced its subsidiary Booksurge to terminate publishing contract with Shoher whose book is now available for download from . Google earlier banned advertising of the Samson Blinded for "unacceptable content." Shoher, indeed, is pro-Israeli, yet realistic and critical of Israeli policies.

Obadiah Shoher, an anonymous politician, abandons myths and moralizing in favor of realpolitik. He argues for raw efficiency of antiterrorist operations and shedding liberal idealism. Shoher asks inconvenient questions and gives honest answers. Amazon does not like that. Anti-Semitic lampoons by Norman Finkelstein are more to Amazon's taste.
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Postby SteveFoerster » Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:12 pm

I'm an Amazon customer and never received either of those messages. However, I see that while they're still selling the book, they indeed have no customer reviews, and the associated forum has angry posts from those whose reviews were deleted. I suppose I'll chalk that up as a potential black mark for Amazon, then.

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Postby uncle janko » Tue Jul 25, 2006 9:54 pm

I am about as philosemitic and Zionist as it gets. I never got anything from Amazon on this stuff.

On the other hand, I've read Mein Kampf in German.

I bought the thing from a used bookseller--in Israel. He wanted to know why I wanted it, noting that there were a lot of weirdos in North America (old-timers from degreeinfo will not need to be reminded about holocaust denial propaganda by a subsequently banned poster). I explained that it was for a paper I was writing and that in my family we kill nazis, given the (legal or military) opportunity. The gent threw in a bunch of booklets from Yad Vashem as a lagniappe.

When I was through with the book I--what else could have been more appropriate?--burned it.

It would be pretty stupid to say that this Israeli bookseller was an antisemite for selling MK. Not because he's a Jew--cf El Lider Maximo Noam Chomsky--but because he's a general purpose bookseller, not a hate group or hate-propagandist. Ditto Amazon.

Now, an outfit that specialises in this filth might well be the real deal. I recall years ago one such gang of subhumans got the History Book Club mailing list and sent out catalogues of their sh*t; it was an honest blunder on the part of HBC, but quite a numbers of their customers (including me) quit as a result.

Of course, I rarely buy from Amazon because they charge the high dollar, but that's not a crime, just capitalism. :twisted:
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