ZARA: IDIOTS, ANTI-SEMITES OR BOTH?

zara is a Spanish-owned international clothing retailer.

And its people are either idiots, anti-Semites, or both.

Take a good look at this item, which – incredibly – zara put out as a children\’s t-shirt.  See if it reminds you of anything from the World War II era:

zara shirt

For readers who are drawing a blank (and I\’m sure there aren\’t many), maybe this will help:

The Nazis ordered all Jews to wear a yellow six-pointed Star of David, while concentration camp inmates were forced to wear striped outfits, pictured, which share a strong resemblance with the Zara range of clothes 


Any doubt about the similarity?

zara was attacked for its idiocy and/or anti-Semitism almost immediately after putting pictures of the item online. Within hours, it was removed, and an apology offered.

Frankly, I don\’t believe zara\’s apology.  I don\’t believe that no one at that company knew what this “t-shirt” was modeled after.

A much more plausible explanation is their expectation that, though they\’d take a hit from some people (you know, those annoying Jews), it would be a huge seller among certain other population segments – including in Israel (which, as media usually forgets to remind us, is 20% Arab).  They just didn\’t count on how fast, how intense and – most of all – how expansive the hit would be:  far beyond the Jews they weren\’t worried about.

That would have been the same explanation in 2007, when zara put out a handbag with a swastika on it…and then said it didn\’t realize the swastika was there:

Zara removed this bag from shelves after swastikas were spotted on the fabric

Would you have believed them then?  And if you did, would you believe them again now?  

And would it surprise you in the least if you found out that the run of t-shirts was not destroyed, but quietly shipped to stores in countries where its similarity to concentration camp clothing would find an enthusiastically receptive clientele?

I have never bought a thing from zara in the past.  You can bet I never will in the future either.  And I hope I\’m not the only one.

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