Target Removes “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” From Web Site after Hikind Protests
Target.com: “We agree with you that this book is a malevolent, offensive fabrication.”
January 28, 2005
In response to a letter from Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) to Chairman and CEO Robert J. Ulrich, Target Corporation will no longer sell “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” on their Target.com Web site. Vice President of Government Affairs Nate Garvis indicated in a letter to Hikind, “This book is wholly unsuitable for the many reasons you cite in your letter and goes completely against the principles with which Target conducts its business every day.” In his letter to Ulrich, Hikind asserted, “’The Protocols’ has been the catalyst for pogroms, massacres, and violence against Jews for more than 100 years. The Protocols’ became the design from which Adolf Hitler constructed the Final Solution. This forgery has cost the lives of millions of Jews. It was and is the bible of the anti-Semite, making a counterfeit argument for world dominion by Zionist operators who control global political events. ‘The Protocols’ continues to be idealized for revealing ‘the Jewish conspiracy’ and is touted by racists as genuine and accurate.” Hikind commended Target for expeditiously removing this “bible for racists,” from its Web site, saying, “Target is to be lauded for acting honestly and responsibly.” Target Corporation operates Target Stores, a chain of large, general merchandise discount stores consisting of 1,313 locations in 47 states, as well as an on-line business. Sales for 2004 reached $42.5 billion.