American Jewish Committee urges Amazon to remove anti-Semitic film promoted by Kyrie Irving

Amazon is facing public pressure to stop selling a film that has been widely described as anti-Semitic and riddled with conspiracy theories.

The 2018 film, titled “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” ​​and based on a 2014 book of the same name, claims that the Jewish people dominated the slave trade and that the Holocaust never had venue.

Earlier this week, NBA player Kyrie Irving tweeted a link to the film. His team, the Brooklyn Nets, then suspended him for at least five games. Irving has since deleted the tweet and, following widespread condemnation in the media and by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, apologized for promoting the film.

The American Jewish Committee, one of the largest Jewish organizations in the country, has just launched a petition urging Amazon to remove the film from the e-commerce platform.

“Amazon has a critical role to play in ensuring that Americans do not consume hate propaganda and misinformation,” the petition reads. “We are grateful that in January this year, Amazon removed over twenty Nazi propaganda films and other anti-Semitic content to stop the spread of hate. We urge you to act quickly and remove this film and book from your platform. “

As of Friday, the three-hour film is available on Amazon for $40 and can be rented for $11. The book, which is on sale for $35, is currently the No. 1 seller in Amazon’s religion and spirituality category.

Ted Deutch, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, tweeted Friday that the film was “now on Amazon’s bestseller list.”

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Other public figures are also questioning why Amazon is marketing the film.

“Where is that same attention and energy for the platform that promotes and benefits from it,” NBA analyst Jay Williams said for ESPN on Wednesday. “I don’t hear any of that talk around Jeff Bezos and Amazon.”

After being slow to condemn the film, which earned him the five game suspensionIrving published a long excuses on Instagram on Friday.

“I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize,” he wrote in part. “I had no intention of disrespecting Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuating hatred. I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope that we can find understanding among all of us.”

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