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Paris - Social Media Backlash Causes H&M To Pull 'Talit' Striped Scarf From Customers In Israel

Published on: January 8, 2016 11:00 AM
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Paris - International retailers H&M have pulled the availability of a striped scarp in Israel amid backlash on social media that said the item too closely resembles a Jewish prayer shawl.

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The scarf, which retails for $17.99 and is also available in a matching poncho, was pulled from Israeli shelves and websites along with an apology from cooperate reps.

“We are truly sorry if we have offended anyone with this piece,” reps for H&M said. “Everyone is welcome at H&M and we never take a religious or political stand. Our intention was never to upset anyone. Stripes is one of the trends for this season and we’ve been inspired by this.”

Both items will continue to be made available on the retailer’s U.S. and other websites.


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 Jan 08, 2016 at 11:32 AM Reb Yid Says:

So, who exactly was upset about this? The Jews, or the anti-Semites?

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 Jan 08, 2016 at 12:39 PM Sherree Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

So, who exactly was upset about this? The Jews, or the anti-Semites?

As a JEW, one should be upset because this is a holy religious article and should NOT be taken lightly. Truth is, They could have made something similar without copying the stripes exactly as a Tallis. That is the point, and the fringe, could have been any type of fringe and not the knots of a Tallis. So who do you think should be offended. Religious Jews who reserve this mitzvah for married MEN, or anti-Semites who really don't understand this concept?

Even though Obuma has done his best to desensitize the nation and destroy it, we need to ignore his destructive influence and remember who WE are. Stop looking away from every slight and every slap. Its NOT OK. Never forget and never forgive and if you keep looking away then you become cowards.

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 Jan 08, 2016 at 12:46 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Why is this an issue?

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 Jan 08, 2016 at 01:17 PM ayoyo Says:

just put tzitzit on the corners,and you will have a cheap talit

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 Jan 08, 2016 at 04:20 PM Anonymous Says:

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Sherree Says:

As a JEW, one should be upset because this is a holy religious article and should NOT be taken lightly. Truth is, They could have made something similar without copying the stripes exactly as a Tallis. That is the point, and the fringe, could have been any type of fringe and not the knots of a Tallis. So who do you think should be offended. Religious Jews who reserve this mitzvah for married MEN, or anti-Semites who really don't understand this concept?

Even though Obuma has done his best to desensitize the nation and destroy it, we need to ignore his destructive influence and remember who WE are. Stop looking away from every slight and every slap. Its NOT OK. Never forget and never forgive and if you keep looking away then you become cowards.

So, you blame this scarf business on the President, right? It didn't take a rabid racist such as you very long to get to that, did it? Equally impressive is how you refer to him as 'Obuma.' Really impressive, aren't you? You are nothing but a typical flagrant bigot who cannot tolerate an African American in the White House, but are not sufficiently intelligent to understand that your fellow racists among extremist Conservatives hate Jews just as much, or even more, than other minorities. Mindless racist!

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