Amazon pulls products with blood-spattered Israeli flag design
After protests, online retailer removes range of items emblazoned with image, including phone cases, doormats, pillow covers, shower curtains
Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.
A number of products offered by Internet retailer Amazon featuring a blood-spattered Israeli flag drew harsh condemnation Thursday from Jerusalem as well as Israeli consumers.
Apparently prompted by the criticism, Amazon removed the products later Thursday.
A selection of items, including mobile phone cases, doormats, mouse pads, pillow covers and shower curtains were available from various suppliers, all with the same design — an Israeli flag with bloodstains across it.
An umbrella with the defaced flag on it carried a $23.19 price tag along with the product description “You’ll be hoping for a rainy day so you can use this unique umbrella.”
A shower curtain at $34.99 was touted as able to “brighten your bathroom and create a comfortable bathing environment.”
The Foreign Ministry said it was “shocked and revolted in light of Amazon’s agreement to sell anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic products of the worst kind,” Channel 2 reported. “This kind of product spreads hatred, racism, and violence — and we call on the Amazon company to immediately stop selling these items.”
Products were offered by different suppliers from around the world and most seemed to be of part a service in which customers could print their own photos on the items offered.
Some Amazon users responded by leaving comments on the product pages denouncing the items as hateful and demanded they be removed.
“Appalling anti Semitic product. I’m just amazed that it’s listed here,” one user commented on the umbrellas while another added “hatefull racist [sic].”