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Friday, September 24, 2004

Wal-Mart was selling "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bowing to a barrage of complaints from Jewish groups, retail leader Wal-Mart Inc. has stopped selling "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion," an infamous anti-Semitic tract long exposed as fake.

Jewish leaders had complained that the book, which purports to tell of an international Jewish conspiracy to take over the world, was being sold on with a description that suggested it might be genuine instead of a forgery concocted by the Czarist secret police in the early 20th Century.
Wal-Mart intends to sell an appropriately anti-Islamic book in its place. (Not really! Sorry! I just made that part up!)

As I recall, "Protocols" was widely believed and cited by notorious anti-Semites like Hitler and Henry Ford.

My actual comments on this: Anti-Semitism sucks. Zionism sucks. Banning books sucks. Peddling hate sucks. Wal-Mart sucks. Hitler and Henry Ford used to suck, but now they're dead.

PS: If you really want a copy of the "Protocols," Barnes & Noble sells it. They do state clearly that it is "plainly and simply a plagiarized forgery." Interestingly, people who bought "Protocols" from B & N also bought Rumsfeld: A Personal Portrait. Makes sense to me!