Outrage as book celebrating October 7 by terror chief Sinwar appears on Amazon

Book that trumpets Sinwar’s role has been on sale since December 2023


Amazon has been accused of allowing itself to be used as a platform for Hamas propaganda and fundraising over the sale of a book by terrorist mastermind Yahya Sinwar in which he trumpets his role in the October 7 massacres.

Listed on Amazon since December 2023, Sinwar’s quasi-novel, The Thorn and the Carnation, is also available from the largest book retailer in the US, Barnes and Noble.

The book boasts that Sinwar was behind the October 7 Hamas atrocities, calling him the "orchestrator of Flood of Al-Aqsa".

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has called on Amazon to remove the listing, citing concerns it has been used to “propagandise on behalf of a proscribed terrorist organisation [Hamas] and also to raise money for it”.

Apparently written by Sinwar while he served time in an Israeli jail for murdering several Palestinians and Israelis, the book’s blurb says it "chronicles the relentless pursuit of liberation”.

The thinly veiled fictionalisation of Sinwar’s life is available in hardcover for £23.77 and in paperback for £19.81.

One reviewer on Amazon gushed over “the beauty of warmth" of the book while another called for a “bigger book” about the Hamas leader.

However, one reviewer said: “This book is incitement to violence and antisemitism. It is written by the leader of Hamas and should not be sold by Amazon.”

Named on the US blacklist of “international terrorists”, Sinwar is the leader of Hamas's political wing in Gaza and planned the October 7 massacre. He was reportedly seen in the tunnels under Gaza by Israeli hostages.

A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies said: "This book was made available on Amazon UK in December 2023 and on its back cover references Sinwar's lead role in planning October 7.

“As such, it would seem to be an attempt to use Amazon's platform both to propagandise on behalf of a proscribed terrorist organisation, but also to raise money for it. We have contacted Amazon's public policy team recommending that they remove the listing and have made further appropriate reports."

Controversial books by murderous figures are for sale elsewhere on Amazon, with Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf listed for 99p and Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book available for £3.49.

Amazon has been contacted for comment.

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