EXCLUSIVE: MPs demand police investigation after Amazon is found selling jihadi recruitment material and bomb-making manual on next day delivery
- A sadistic novel by Osama Bin Laden is sold on an Amazon site with a description calling him a ‘man of peace’ and an ‘inspiration to millions’
- Jihadi books banned in UK prisons and books by preachers barred from the country are openly sold on Amazon
- Also for sale are rabidly anti-Semitic and white supremacist books
- The titles are sold by third parties using Amazon’s platform
- Amazon may be inadvertently raising funds for terror by enabling sales
- Labour MP John Mann is calling for a ‘police enquiry into Amazon’
- A Home Office spokesman said: ‘It is an offence for a person to disseminate a terrorist publication’
Amazon is selling terrorist recruitment material and bomb-making manuals including a sadistic novel by Osama Bin Laden and jihadi books banned in British prisons, a MailOnline investigation has revealed.
The online retailer offers titles by jailed clerics and those expelled from Britain, leading to accusations that it is spreading the jihadis’ message for them.
Many of the books, which have radicalised thousands of international terrorists, are available for next-day delivery. Some can be downloaded instantly as Kindle editions anywhere in the world.
The inflammatory titles are sold by third parties using Amazon’s platform, allowing them global reach and lending them an aura of legitimacy.
Labour MP John Mann demanded a ‘full police investigation’ into the online giant amid fears that the profits from these sales may be going to terror groups.
The listing for Osama Bin Laden’s sadistic novel on Amazon’s Goodreads website describes the 9/11 mastermind as ‘an inspiration to millions’ and ‘a man of peace and culture’
Banned in British prisons but available on Amazon. Its author, extremist Bilal Philips, right, has been barred from Britain, Australia, Germany, Denmark and other countries and lives in Qatar
This book has also been banned in prisons but is sold on Amazon. It is by Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, right, who was barred from Britain, the US, France and Germany
The entry on Amazon for an audio lecture by Al Qaeda hate preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki
Currently offered on are a sadistic book by Osama Bin Laden, left, and an audio lecture by the Al Qaeda pin-up Anwar Al-Awlaki, right, who was killed by an American drone strike in 2011
Abdullah el-Faisal, right, is a Muslim cleric who was sentenced to nine years in prison in Britain for urging his followers to murder Jews, Hindus, Christians, and Americans. His book, left, is available on Amazon
‘This is Amazon giving assistance to terrorists and putting lives at risk,’ Mr Mann told MailOnline. ‘We’ve just had the anniversary of the Manchester bombing. They need to be held to account.
‘Amazon is allowing terror material to circulate. Free speech arguments don’t apply when it comes to terrorists trying to recruit. There must be a full police investigation into Amazon.’
Amazon’s ‘goodreads’ website promotes Bin Laden’s sadistic novel The Islamic Millennium, which envisions a genocide in the West and the severed head of an ‘infidel’ on a spike in Tehran.
The site’s description of the work fawns over the 9/11 mastermind, calling the mass killer ‘an inspiration to millions’ and ‘a family man, a man of peace and culture’. Amazon also offers an audio lecture by Al-Qaeda pin-up Anwar Al-Awlaki.
Fiyaz Mughal OBE, the anti-extremism campaigner and founder of charity Tell Mama. told MailOnline: ‘It is madness. These books are literally calling for the West to be attacked and non-Muslims to be butchered.
‘Amazon is normalising this hatred and making it part of the mainstream. It is also making it instantly available to anybody with a computer.
‘Imagine a troubled Muslim kid in Manchester or Bradford downloading this stuff on his Kindle. Imagine the influence it will have.
‘Amazon is effectively peddling hate. You wouldn’t see this stuff in bookshops. How can we be seeing hardened Al Qaeda and ISIS rhetoric on the world’s biggest online book retailer?’
Milestones, by Sayyid Qutb, is banned in prisons. It has been described as ‘one of the main recruiting tools of jihad’ and is available as a ‘special edition’ on Amazon
The author of Milestones, Sayyid Qutb, has been called the ‘leading theorist of violent jihad’. He was executed by Egypt in 1966 and his book became a ‘bible for jihadists’
The Amazon entry for a book by Ahmed Deedat, right, an associate of Osama Bin Laden whose books have been banned in France since 1994 because they incite racial hatred
Towards Understanding Islam, left, is banned in British prisons. Its author, Syed Abul Ala Maududi, right, espoused a violent ideology that influenced Al Qaeda and ISIS
Authors who have been banned from Britain but made available on Amazon include preacher Bilal Philips, who has also been barred from Australia, Germany, Denmark and other countries.
His books are prohibited in prisons and he currently lives in Qatar. Amazon also sells work by Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who was expelled from Britain, the US, France and Germany. His books too are forbidden in prisons.
Amazon also offers a book by cleric Abdullah el-Faisal. Alternatively known as Trevor Forrest, he was sentenced to nine years in prison in Britain for urging his followers to murder Jews, Hindus, Christians, and Americans.
Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), said:
‘My question is who is selling this stuff through Amazon and where is the money going? If profits are going to terror organisations like Hezbollah, there may be sanctions-busting going on.
‘Facebook and Twitter are being forced to clamp down on extremism but it is there at the click of a mouse on Amazon.
‘Amazon is undermining counter-extremism by allowing this poison to leak into the public domain.’
Another key jihadi text available on Amazon is Milestones by the Egyptian fanatic Sayyid Qutb, dubbed the ‘leading theorist of violent jihad’. He was executed by Egypt in 1966. His book is available as a ‘special edition’.
Banned in British prisons in 2011, Milestones teaches Muslims to live as if it was the time of Mohammed and wage war against the ‘cancer’ of the West.
It was used as a training manual by terrorists in Afghanistan and is thought to have inspired hundreds of terror attacks, including those in Mumbai in 2008. The book is used as a recruitment tool by fanatics all over the world.
‘This is the book that spawned the modern jihadi movement,’ said Mr Mughal. ‘It is required reading for every terrorist and one of the main recruiting tools of jihad.’
Other titles include books by Ahmed Deedat, an associate of Bin Laden whose books are banned in France for inciting racial hatred.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘It is an offence for a person to disseminate a terrorist publication with the intention that it will encourage or assist terrorism, or if they are reckless as to whether it will do so.
‘It is for the police to investigate suspected offences in individual cases, and for the independent Crown Prosecution Service to make decisions about prosecutions.’
In addition to the jihadi material, Amazon sells hundreds of anti-Semitic books such as The Synagogue Of Satan and Planet Rothschild: The Forbidden History Of The New World Order.
The 1940 Nazi film Jud Suss, which was commissioned by Josef Goebbels and is considered one of the most anti-Semitic films of all time, is available on Amazon as a ‘deluxe’ edition
Amazon is selling the Turner Diaries, left, an explicitly racist novel that inspired atrocities like the Oklohoma truck bombing, and books by notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, right
The white supremacist title Rivers Of Blood: Why Enoch Powell Was Right by Saxonshieldwall
The Synagogue Of Satan: The Secret History Of Jewish World Domination has been removed from Amazon in response to MailOnline’s investigation
The retailer also sells The Anarchist Cookbook, a step-by-step manual for making explosives that has been linked to a number of atrocities
Amazon sells Planet Rothschild, an anti-Semitic book about supposed Jewish domination
The Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion, a classic anti-Semitic hoax available on Amazon
There are also countless titles blaming America, Israel and Britain for 9/11 and other attacks. The retailer also sells The Anarchist Cookbook, a step-by-step manual for making explosives that has been linked to a number of atrocities.
The 1940 Nazi film Jud Suss, which was commissioned by Josef Goebbels and is considered one of the most anti-Semitic films of all time, is available on Amazon as a ‘deluxe’ edition.
White supremacist titles on the retail site include Rivers Of Blood: Why Enoch Powell Was Right! by an author using the name Saxonshieldwall.
In a further blow to the retail giant, MailOnline can also reveal that Amazon was alerted about far-Right and anti-Semitic material earlier this year by campaigners but the books remain for sale on its site.
In March, the anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate published a study calling on Amazon to stop selling titles including the infamous anti-Jewish hoax Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion.
Other Amazon books highlighted by Hope Not Hate included the Turner Diaries – an explicitly racist novel that inspired atrocities like the Oklohoma truck bombing – and the books of Arnold Leese, described as ‘some of the most extreme anti-Semitic texts ever written in English’.
The campaign group also called on Amazon and other online retailers to remove books promoting Holocaust denial by discredited academics like Nick Kollerstrom and David Irving. The titles remain for sale on the platform today.
A book by the ‘Tottenham Ayatolla’ Omar Bakri, who is serving life in jail for terror offences, is listed on Amazon as ‘currently unavailable’, as are books by Abdullah Azzam, known as the ‘father of global jihad’.
When approached by MailOnline Amazon declined to comment but said it had removed one title, Synagogue Of Satan: The Secret History of Jewish World Domination, from its website.
AMAZON’S GLOWING DESCRIPTION OF BIN LADEN’S BOOK IN FULL
‘WE WILL DESTROY THE AMERICANS! WE WILL SEND THEM TO HELL!’
Osama bin Laden is an inspiration to millions, a man whose genius as a military strategist made him a household name. But like all great teachers, there is much more to Osama bin Laden than the leadership skills that have won him world-wide renown. Osama bin Laden is a family man, a man of peace and culture, a man who wields the pen every bit as skillfully as he wields the sword. Martyrdom Press are therefore extremely proud to present for the first time ever, the very finest of Osama bin Laden’s early literary works, a story entitled The Islamic Millennium.
In The Islamic Millennium, Osama bin Laden uses imaginative fiction as a means of revealing a great truth, not merely the necessity but also the absolute inevitability of the destruction of America. Set a thousand years in the future, The Islamic Millennium describes the tracking down and killing of the very last American, and ends with the infidel’s head being severed from his body, so that his skull might be put on display in Teheran. The story will delight all those who long for the day when peace and justice will once again reign over the world.
Osama bin Laden was born in Riyadh. He holds degrees in civil engineering and economics, and has worked at the top end of the construction industry. Married since 1974, Osama bin Laden has written over a thousand short stories; this is the first one of them to be published.
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