FAST FIVE: Amazon Pulls Hezbollah Deputy Leader's Book After Israeli Media Outcry

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According to the Israeli national Hebrew-language daily newspaper Maariv, “a reporter found that the English edition of the book was being offered for sale on the Amazon site,” and was alarmed at “a clear instance of breaking sanctions and helping to finance terrorism” on the part of Amazon.  “A Maariv reporter contacted Amazon with findings in the book and Amazon subsequently decided to immediately remove the book from its sales sites in the United States and around the world,” a rough English translation of the Maariv story said.

The Hebrew-language report said the book was filled with anti-Semitic statements and questioned Israel's right to exit.  Though it had apparently been offered by Amazon for years, the book was spotlighted this week after controversy erupted between Israel and a United Nations official, after the official called it “necessary reading”.

The Times of Israel reported of the statement: Kubis was likely referring to “Hizbullah (Hezbollah): The Story from Within,” a 464-page tome first published in English a decade ago.

Resolution 1701″ – in reference to a resolution intended to resolve the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.

Within two days following the incident, the initial link through which the book had been sold on Amazon led to an error page, in apparent confirmation that Amazon banned the book at the request of the Israeli reporter.  On Thursday, Middle East and Iran analyst Matthew Levitt confirmed that the “Hezbollah deputy Secretary General's book [is] no longer available on Amazon after journalist points out its anti-Israel incitement to violence & sanctions implications of selling it.” The fresh controversy comes following new efforts by Israel to convince the UN to officially recognize Hezbollah as a terror group – an effort which has reportedly failed to gain traction.  #Hezbollah deputy SecGen's book no longer available on Amazon after journalist points out its anti-Israel incitement to violence & sanctions implications of selling it https://t.co/5s2zwxkxf7 – Matthew Levitt (@Levitt_Matt) May 23, 2019 The Trump administration has also of late taken more aggressive sanctions measures on Hezbollah leadership amid the ongoing heightened tensions with Iran.

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