Amazon removes Nazi and neo-Nazi items after human-rights group protests
- Amazon is once again under fire for allowing offensive items to be sold on its site.
- The SWC says it isn't the first — or second — time it's called out the retailer for Nazi propaganda.
An international Jewish human-rights organization is once again calling out Amazon for purported Nazi-related content.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center blasted Amazon for "monetizing Nazi and Neo-Nazi paraphernalia" on its website in a Thursday blog post. According to the post, the SWC reached out to the e-commerce giant via email on Wednesday requesting the company "immediately put in place systems that will end the monetization of hateful products."
The human-rights organization said Amazon allowed various businesses 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.
Though Amazon has since removed several of the items, there are still similar items listed for sale on the retailer's site, the tech-news outlet Gizmodo reported.
"Amazon is the nation's go-to online store for every imaginable product," Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean and director of global social action at the SWC, said in a statement.
"In an era when 63% of all religious-based hate crimes in America target America's Jews—2.4% of the US population, at a time when Blacks are again the number one target of race-based hate crimes, Amazon should not be using its business model to market hateful symbols and neo-Nazi paraphernalia," Cooper continued.
Cooper went on to note a letter the SWC sent to Amazon in 2022 for featuring 30 films the organization deemed as Nazi propaganda on Amazon Prime.
It wasn't the first time consumers have slammed the tech giant for reportedly carrying antisemitic items. In 2019, Amazon removed Christmas ornaments featuring the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, according to a report from Insider.
"It's simply not acceptable for the biggest economic giant on the block to play games of Whac-A-Mole rather than fix things," Cooper said, according to Gizmodo.
Amazon didn't 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 looking for text and images that we have determined violate our policies, and immediately removes them," the policy reads.
"The realm of potentially offensive products is nuanced and diverse, and we review thousands of products every day against our policies to ensure compliance."
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