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ADL Letter to Wal-Mart
RE: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion


  September 21, 2004

H. Lee Scott, Jr.
President & CEO
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
702 Southwest 8th Street
Bentonville, AK 72716

Dear Mr. Scott:

We have received voluminous messages of concern from across the country that the notorious anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is being sold by Wal-Mart on its online catalog of books.

The "Description" of the book on your Web site suggests it may not be a forgery. In fact, there is no question that the Protocols is a forgery, created by a Czarist official in the early 20th century to promote the conspiracy theory that Jews are plotting to control the world. Historians, jurists and other authorities have publicly attested to its fraudulence.

The Protocols has been the major weapon in the arsenals of anti-Semites around the world, republished and circulated by individuals, hate groups and governments to convince the gullible as well as the bigoted that Jews have schemed and plotted to take over the world. For too many it continues to have resonance today, at a time when there is an explosion of global anti-Semitism.

ADL is not in the business of banning books, no matter how reprehensible they may be. While Wal-Mart has discretion in what books it chooses to sell, it owes it to its customers to unequivocally state the nature of the book and to disassociate itself from any endorsement of it. To demonstrate its corporate responsibility, we expect Wal-Mart to do so in the case of the Protocols, should it continue to list it in its online catalog.

We look forward to your response


  Abraham H. Foxman,
National Director

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