After offering a line of anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian apparel online, Sears has removed the controversial products from its website in response to public outrage.
For between $24.59 and $50.59, Sears was selling an anti-Semitic line of clothing that included men’s and women’s short sleeve t-shirts, tank tops and long sleeve sweaters with graphic designs reading “Free Palestine, End Israeli Occupation” and “Free Palestine, Free Gaza.” The graphic designs included militant raised fists, Palestinian flags and a peace sign made with a hand.
Sears fueling anti-Semitic campaigns
The products were for sale on Sears Marketplace – a platform designed for third-party sellers to offer their merchandise via websites that Sears manages.
Sears’ aggressive promotion of the pro-Palestinian apparel incites prospective clientele to fuel their opposition to Israel, join the movement and show their commitment by purchasing and donning its gear.
"Make a statement about the Arab-Israeli conflict with this powerful design – a must-have for all wardrobes," one statement on Sears’ website selling the controversial gear reads, according to CBN News.
One Israeli vocalized his outrage that Sears would profit off of a hate campaign that is based on the goal of Israel’s ultimate destruction.
"It is unacceptable to de-legitimize the State of Israel," Larry Sherman told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday after reading about the anti-Israel gear around the time that the items were pulled.
A Sears representative responded to the Jerusalem daily at it was questioned over the pro-Palestinian line.
"We will be removing the items soon,” the Sears spokesman insisted on Tuesday, according to the Post. “Please allow us 24 hours. Thank you for understanding," he said on Tuesday.”
An attempt was made by the Sears representative to retain the company’s pro-Israeli customer base and mitigate Sears’ culpability on the matter.
"We do not want our members to be unhappy," he added. "This item is sold by a third-party seller via the Sears Marketplace. Given the feedback we’ve received, we are currently evaluating the items in question to determine appropriate action. We will fix it and ensure this is not repeated."
Apparently, Sears had to receive public outrage over the selling of the pro-Islamic terrorist-promoting apparel in order to realize that it was inappropriate. The Palestinians are run by the Palestinian Authority alongside Hamas – an internationally recognized Islamic terrorist organization that has been murdering Israeli citizens for years.
“According to a statement from a Sears spokesman, the apparel was pulled from the site based on feedback the company received,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
Sears went even further to point the finger at others to take attention off of itself for selling the anti-Semitic gear.
“The statement added that Sears felt it had been ‘unfairly singled out on this issue,’ as similar items are available for purchase from other companies, such as Amazon and Walmart,” The Jerusalem Post’s Ariane Mandell noted. “Amazon sells some of the exact same items from Spreadshirt, as well as a wide range of other pro-Palestinian merchandise. The Sears statement notes that the company serves ‘a broad base of customers around the country and around the world,’ and that it has 200 employees in Israel.”
No excuse …
Many took to social media to voice their concern and disgust over the iconic American retailer’s decision to market the anti-Israeli clothing line in the first place, noting that there is no such thing as “Palestine.”
“Can someone tell #Sears u can't free or restore a state that never existed ‼️‼️” Twitter user Orli Sagi posted on Tuesday.
Philos Project Deputy Director Luke Moon, whose organization encourages positive Christian engagement in the Middle East, could make little sense of why Sears would want to profit off of merchandise that is geared at promoting Palestinian violence and hatred against Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East.
"Why Sears would be weighing in on such a contentious issue is a mystery to me,” Moon told CBN News. “The Palestinians need better advocates than failing churches like the Presbyterian Church (USA) and failing retailers like Sears. To get better advocates, however, their leaders would need to reject incitement of violence against Jews and celebrating terrorists."
Along with the social media opposition voiced on Twitter and Facebook against Sears’ decision to sell the anti-Israel clothing, a pro-Israel advocacy group, Israel’s Voice, has been encouraging Israel supporters to call and email Sears demanding a better explanation for supporting a terrorist-run regime set on the annihilation of Israel.
"This is wrong on so many levels,” Israel’s Voice expressed in a statement on its website, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “There is a difference between free speech and incitement.”
It was contended that the shirts and sweaters are not being sold to promote peace, champion civil rights or fight oppression – and many Leftists and the mainstream media argues – but rather to spur aggressive anti-Semitism.
“This is a subliminal message to kill Israelis and erase Israel from the map,” it continued. “I urge everyone who supports and cares about Israel to call Sears and demand they take it off their line. If they refuse, it is time to boycott Sears. This is not OK, and it's dangerous."