A range of clothing with pro-Palestinian slogans for sale on the Sears website was still displayed on Wednesday morning but most of the items could no longer be purchased, a possible indication the US retailer pulled the garments.
The clothing was being offered via three external companies and featured a variety of slogans including “Free Palestine,” “Palestine Supporter,” and “Straight Outta Palestine,” a take on the popular gangsta rap album (and a 2015 movie) “Straight Outta Compton.”
The site had a much larger selection earlier on Tuesday, when reports of the range of items surfaced and attracted criticism. At the time of writing, fewer than a dozen styles were still showing but their prices had been removed. The Sears page showing the items could be accessed by writing search terms “Palestine” and “clothes” in the search box on the Sears site homepage.
The garments were sold through Sears Marketplace, which offers a platform for third-party sellers to offer their wares through websites managed by Sears, but at time of writing, a majority appeared to no longer be available. A click on individual garments leads to a page that reads: “We’re sorry, but that page is no longer available.”
The US-based City Shirts from Bloomington, Minnesota, offered “Free Palestine” T-shirts that feature a map of the West Bank and Israel as one territory, a representation that is usually taken to mean a denial of Israel’s right to exist.
A Germany company, Spreadshirt, also offered a range of garments including tank tops, T-shirts and hoodies with a variety of pro-Palestinian messages. The designs include a clenched fist in the colors of the Palestinian flag and statements opposing the Israeli occupation.
But the only shirt that seemed to still be available as of writing is a “I don’t need therapy I just need to go to Palestine” top for women sold by Super Fans shirt and on sale for $23.
The availability of the designs was first reported by Reuters.
The B’nai B’rith organization tweeted a response saying, “We are appalled at Sears jumping into a geo-political issue by selling glib t-shirts that proclaim ‘Free Palestine’ – seriously?”
We are appalled at Sears jumping into a geo-political issue by selling glib t-shirts that proclaim “Free Palestine” – seriously?
— B'nai B'rith Int'l (@BnaiBrith) June 6, 2017