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Zara And Their “Honest Mistakes”

Oh, those wacky kids over at Zara’s.  If you’re not familiar with the brand, think of it like Kohl’s or H&M for Europe.  They’ve got about 2,000 stores worldwide with pretty much all of them being located in Europe.  They focus on selling “fashion forward” clothes and accessories at affordable prices.  Apparently “fashion forward” is code for “racially insensitive”.

Back in 2007, the company briefly carried a bag with what appeared to be large swastikas on it:

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The media caught wind of it and Zara’s released the following statement: “We did not realise Swastikas appeared on some of these bags, the swastika was not on the bag which was sourced by us after being supplied by an external producer.  Of course we apologise to anyone who was offended by the bag, and we will be withdrawing it from all our stores.”

Ok, fair enough I guess.  I’m not sure how the entire company at Zara’s (the buyers, the store managers, the floor staff) all seemed to miss the glaring and obvious, but they apologized and pulled the product.

Flash forward to the present and the good folks at Zara’s have done it again.  This time, they released a shirt designed for kids – blue and white striped shirt with a giant yellow Star of David “Sheriff’s Badge” on the front.

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When asked about it by the Jerusalem Post, a Zara spokesperson stated: “It has nothing to do with the Second World War or whatever. The inspiration had to do with the old classic western movies. Obviously we are very attentive to the sensitivity of our customers. we made a mistake in this case.”

I can totally see how this was an “honest mistake”.  After all, it’s not like they’ve only released clothing that is insensitive to Jewish people.  Just a couple weeks ago, the company had to pull a t-shirt they were selling that stated in huge letters “White Is The New Black“.  Plus, if you look really, really closely, there is the word “Sheriff” that is barely legible on the star.

Based on Zara’s comments and behavior, their designers and buyers aren’t antisemitic or racist.  They’re just complete morons.

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Sigh… Crappy Way To Start A Day

I opened my copy of the Wall Street Journal this morning to find this along with an article discussing the worldwide issue of antisemitism:

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(credit: Wall Street Journal)

Depressing, but sadly, not surprising. These are the results of an in-depth study (over 53,000 people across over 100 countries in 96 different languages) by the Anti-Defamation League. Silver lining? Only 9% of those polled in the United States are still antisemitic, down from 29% based on the first such study that took place in 1964 (Laos is the least antisemitic country at only 0.2%).

Antisemitism doesn’t surprise me.  It’s been around forever and there will always be people filled with hate.  What did surprise (and thoroughly depress) me was the fact that only 48% of those polled under the age of 35 were even aware that the Holocaust happened. Seriously, what the fuck are the schools teaching?

If you have a WSJ account, check out the article here.  Or, check out the full results of the study at the ADL Global 100 site (numbers to be released at 8:30AM MST).

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The Jewish Omnivore – Hamantaschen

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Purim is this weekend, so what better time to get back to the Jewish Omnivore list than today?

Purim is seen as one of the “lesser” holidays (meaning it isn’t Hanukkah, Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur – the only three holidays most celebrate) but as a kid I recall it being all sorts of fun. The Schul would would have a carnival, I’d win lots of goldfish playing a “throw the ping pong ball in the fishbowl” game (98% of which would die within 24 hours of winning them) and we’d partake in the eating of thet hamantaschen.

I will never understand why Purim gets ignored.  You drink, you dance, you eat a bunch of delicious cookies… sounds like a good time to me.

Wondering how to make some cookies that represent that douchebag Haman’s hat? Here’s a bomb-ass recipe from the folks over at AllRecipes.com:

2 cups pitted prunes, cooked, drained and mashed
2 cups dried apricots, cooked drained and mashed

3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup safflower oil
1 lemon, zested
1 orange, zested
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup white sugar, or to taste

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