“Amazon’s 103 Hate Objects: Serial Killers, Nazi Symbols, and Terrorist Flags,” by Corinne Weaver and Alec Schemmel, NewsBusters, February 16, 2021:
Amazon deplatformed the social media web site Parler for violent content material, but it surely has no downside offering violent, terrorist or Nazi content material to its clients.
A flag from the terrorist group Hamas, a beanie that has the phrase “lynching” emblazoned throughout it, and a shirt with the slogan, “All My Heroes Killed Colonizers” are proudly bought on Amazon. In a earlier research, the corporate was discovered promoting a “Kill All Republicans” T-shirt. A shirt with a picture of Jesus Christ carrying the crown of thorns had the emblem, “Kill Your Idols” throughout it. A number of items of knickknack and articles of clothes selling Nazi symbols are additionally bought on the platform.
Now that Parler has made its return after Amazon Internet Companies deplatformed it, it’s additionally value noting Amazon’s hypocrisy. In a earlier research, the Media Analysis Heart counted 204 cases of violent merchandise bought on the platform. Thirty-seven of these objects had been finally eliminated by Amazon, however 167 on that unique record stay. Mixed with the 103 on the brand new record, the Media Analysis Heart has counted 270 hateful, violent merchandise at present bought on Amazon.
Terrorist-Affiliated Flags and Symbols
Amazon allegedly doesn’t tolerate violence. Its insurance policies state: “Amazon doesn’t enable merchandise that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or non secular intolerance or promote organizations with such views. We’ll additionally take away listings that graphically painting violence or victims of violence.”
That’s merely not true. A number of merchandise selling terrorist teams had been discovered on the platform.
A inexperienced flag with the Shahada, or Muslim phrase that’s the primary assertion of the Islamic religion, could be discovered on Amazon. The flag is carried by Hamas, an Islamic group designated as a terrorist group by the United States State Division in 1997. Within the merchandise’s product description, the seller writes, “FlagDistributor doesn’t essentially endorse any meanings or connotations chances are you’ll assign to this or another flag, ‘That means, like magnificence, is within the eye of the beholder.’ We assist the spirit of the first Modification to the usConstitution; Censorship is UnAmerican and we don’t apply it.” The URL of the product states “hamas.”
Moreover, a hoop with a seal that bears a resemblance to the Al-Shabaab terrorist group from Somalia is bought as nicely. In 2008, the USA designated Al-Shabaab as a international terrorist group. Robert Spencer, the director of JihadWatch, knowledgeable the Media Analysis Heart that “The spherical design on the ring isn’t the unique property or design of al-Shabaab. ISIS used the identical design by itself flags.”
Lastly, a black flag with the shahada emblazoned on additionally it is bought on Amazon. This flag seems to be the identical type of flag that former Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin-Laden posed in entrance of throughout movies.
Amazon sells a minimum of 100 objects affiliated with white supremacy and Nazi ideology. Ninety-seven of these objects embrace Nazi or white supremacist symbols and runes listed on the left-wing Anti-Defamation Legue’s “Hate Symbols Database.” Amazon acknowledges that historic memorabilia has a spot on this world, stating in its merchandising insurance policies that the corporate “reserves the best to make a dedication on the historic worth of the merchandise.” Nonetheless, even amongst a number of the stamps and cash with swastikas and different Nazi symbols, a number of trendy items of jewlery, patches, flags and attire with slogans comparable to “Crew Aryan Lifetime Member” and different hateful dogwhistles like “#akia” (A Klansman I Am) stay on Amazon….