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Buying swastikas online

Mugs are among a range of products, including underwear and baby clothes emblazoned with an image of a swastika superimposed on a Star of David

An online retailer has removed a range of products, including underwear and baby clothes emblazoned with an image of a swastika superimposed on a Star of David, after a complaint from the London’s Jewish Chronicle, it was reported by the Chronicle’s Robyn Rosen. CafePress, has removed the products, which had been sold since 2009 as part of the True Nazis range and carry the slogan, ‘What Is The Different?’ (sic). But it still offers scores of other offensive items, including t-shirts, underwear, mugs, bags, teddy bears, and bibs.
CafePress, which is used by suppliers who upload products through an automated online system, is based in California but with a UK website. Artist James Holz, a member of North Western Reform Synagogue in north London, used to sell t-shirts with his artwork on the site and was browsing it last week when he came across the products.
“I didn’t think it was appropriate for this kind of hateful message to be on an otherwise respectable website,” said Holz. “I instantly sent an email to CafePress.” But he was told by a spokesman that the items would not be removed because: “While we don’t endorse any particular position, we respect the right of individuals to express their own opinions.”
But following a complaint by the Jewish Chronicle, the range of 48 products was removed.
The site still offers merchandise with the slogans: “Stop Nazionism”, “End the Israeli Holocaust” and “Boycott the terrorist state of Israel”.

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