Thursday, September 23, 2004

The Learned Elders of Wal-Mart

I just read a story in the news about Wal-Mart withdrawing the old Jew-Hating classic The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion from sale on its website. This is in and of itself not big news as something similar happened on not too long ago. What struck me as disturbing was:

The description, now withdrawn from the Wal-Mart Web site, said, "If ... The Protocols are genuine (which can never be proven conclusively), it might cause some of us to keep a wary eye on world affairs. We neither support nor deny its message. We simply make it available for those who wish a copy." ... Wal-Mart had no immediate response to questions on whether the company wrote the description of the book on the Web site or if it came from the publisher.
What? There is virtually no question that the Elders is a forgery. Nobody in thier right might would even suggest otherwise. This copy almost reads as an subtle endorsement of the book. And even if Wal-Mart didn't write the description, don't they read this stuff before they post it to thier website? Or do they just automatically post and endorse anything a publsher has to say?


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.