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ADL Applauds Ebay for Expanding Guidelines to Prohibit the Sale of Items That Glorify Hate

New York, NY, May 4, 2001 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the Internet auctioneer eBay for expanding its listing policy to prohibit the sale of Nazi memorabilia and other items that glorify hatred, violence or racial intolerance or promote hate groups.

"eBay’s expanded policy is completely in step with the concerns of its increasingly worldwide audience," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "eBay has made clear that those who wish to profit by the sale of Nazi memorabilia and other items or symbols of hate have no place in the eBay community.

" eBay has adopted reasonable guidelines that permit the sale of some war memorabilia while closing the door on those who seek to peddle items that promote racism, prejudice and bigotry," Mr. Foxman added. "This responsible policy strikes an appropriate balance that enables legitimate collectors to continue to participate in the online actions."

ADL has formed working relationships with eBay and major Internet service providers in an effort to develop creative responses to hatred online.

This week, eBay notified the League of its expanded policy on offensive material. The policy states that eBay, "will judiciously disallow listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence or racial intolerance, or items that promote organizations (such as the KKK, Nazis, neo-Nazis and Aryan Nations) with such views." The statement recognizes eBay is "now a worldwide community, with many users residing in countries where the possession or sale of items associated with hate organizations is a criminal offense."

eBay will remove items bearing symbols of the Nazis, the SS, or the KKK, including German World War II memorabilia with such markings. This does not exclude the auctioning of other wartime collectibles, such as German coins and stamps, and books and movies about World War II, even those bearing the Nazi symbol. Those items may be listed for sale, as may war documentaries or documentary photos portraying victims of war or violence.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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