When Jews Attack 169 – Victim – Virgin Megastore – Attacker – Charles Gandelman

Virgin Megastores have been forced to remove a copy of “Mein Kampf” from a recommended reading shelf of one of its stores in the Middle East.

An American communications executive spotted the book last month in the store’s branch in the Landmark Shopping Centre in Qatar, and posted the picture on Twitter.

“Mein Kampf’s next stop: Oprah’s Book Club,” the poster, Charles Gandelman, the think-tank’s communications coordinator, commented ironically.

He said he had been alerted to it by a friend who had already contacted the firm, but received no reply.

“I have seen it being sold in places everywhere, and that’s not objectionable,” he said. “But I thought it was quite shocking to see Adolf Hitler’s manifesto promoted in a British branded store like this.”

The book disappeared from the section within a day of the post appearing on Twitter.

A subsequent statement from Virgin Megastore said that individual stores were responsible for which books they promoted. It did not identify who had made the decision.

“Recently, one of the region’s Virgin Megastores included in its book section the Arabic translation of Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler, a title available worldwide in major bookstores and online,” a statement said.

“For one day, the book was included in the recommended section. The recommended tag was not an endorsement of the book’s author or its content.

“In response to a customer, we removed the title from the display.”

Only a few countries – including Germany and Austria – restrict sales of the book, Adolf Hitler’s manifesto written while in jail in the 1920s. Its bursts of popularity in the Middle East reflect both the greater acceptability of overt anti-semitism and more complex issues resulting from widespread ignorance and denial of the Holocaust, a taboo topic in many Arab countries’ classrooms.

Virgin Megastores no longer belongs to Richard Branson’s Virgin Group after being sold off and broken up. Its Middle East arm belongs to a retail holding group based in Beirut.