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Canadian Drug Store's Removal of Magazine Stirs Debate on Anti-Semitism

The Anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters accused the Canadian Jewish Congress Tuesday of successfully lobbying Canadian drug store chain Shoppers Drug Mart to put a halt on all future sales of the bi-monthly publication. Adbusters’ current issue, still on shelves, features a photo essay, titled “Truthbombs on Israeli TV,” which pairs an image of Nazi destruction of the Warsaw ghetto with scenes from Israeli military activity in Gaza.

The conflict has caused quite a stir in the Canadian press, with both sides trading pointed words over what constitutes anti-Semitism or hate speech. In a National Post editorial two weeks ago, CJC brass accused the magazine, a self-proclaimed agent provocateur, of “old-fashioned bigotry,” “Holocaust minimalization” and perpetuating the Israelis-as-Nazis analogy.

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