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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

First Tesco , now WH Smith......

The campaign to get WH Smith to remove anti-semitic books from its website is set to be taken into Parliament after Hendon MP Andrew Dismore pledged to take action.

Labour MP Dismore, who has been one of the most vocal politicians in the fight against anti-semitism, is set to launch a House of Commons motion in the new year to bring pressure on the retailer to stop selling the offensive material on its website.

WH Smith was told by the Jewish News four weeks ago that it was offering customers such vile hate tracts as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Henry Ford's The International Jew.

Our concern was sparked by an earlier investigation by the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight which exposed the sale of similar titles on the Tesco website. The high street giant was quick to take down every title from far right publisher Liberty Bell.

But although WH Smith assured readers it had removed the Protocols from its site and pledged to review any "specific title brought to our attention", there were still two versions of the book on sale this week. And it failed to take action on a list of more than 15 anti-semitic books also available.

Dismore told the Jewish News: "I find it really surprising that they are apparently not prepared to deal with the very serious issue of this anti-semitic literature for sale on its website. I don't understand why they feel its appropriate to promulgate such hate literature."

Among the books still on sale are Henry Ford's anti-semitic multi-volume work, The International Jew, in which the automobile pioneer claims to uncover the worldwide Jewish conspiracy.
Mark Gardner, Director of Communications at the CST, said: "If this is true then it is despicable that a company of their standing wants to sell such hateful material."

Via Searchlight Stop the BNP site

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