Sears, Walmart pull ‘Free Palestine’ clothing from sites
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Sears, Walmart pull ‘Free Palestine’ clothing from sites

T-shirts sold by third party withdrawn; Amazon continues to sell similar items

Sears withdraws "Free Palestine" shirts from its website, June 7, 2017. (Screen capture: Sears website)
Sears withdraws "Free Palestine" shirts from its website, June 7, 2017. (Screen capture: Sears website)

NEW YORK — Sears says it has removed a line of clothing featuring the slogan “Free Palestine” from its website.

The clothing was offered for sale by another company, Spreadshirt Collection, and included tank tops, T-shirts and hoodies featuring a variety of pro-Palestinian messages. The clothing was offered for sale through Sears Marketplace, which offers a platform for third-party sellers to offer their wares through websites managed by Sears.

The designs included a clenched fist in the colors of the Palestinian flag and statements opposing the Israeli occupation.

Ynet news reported that Walmart was also selling the shirts and featured a screen capture of them for sale, but by later Wednesday they were no longer available.

According to a statement from a Sears spokesman, the apparel was pulled from the site based on feedback the company received.

“These items were being sold by a third-party seller via the Sears Marketplace,” said the statement, which was sent to JTA Tuesday afternoon. “Given the feedback we’ve received, they are being removed.”

The statement added that Sears felt it had been “unfairly singled out on this issue,” as similar items are available for purchase from other companies, such as Amazon and Walmart.

Amazon website sells many items with "Free Palestine" logo, June 7, 2017. (Screen capture: Amazon.com)
Amazon website sells many items with “Free Palestine” logo, June 7, 2017. (Screen capture: Amazon.com)

Amazon sells some of the same items from Spreadshirt, as well as a wide range of other pro-Palestinian merchandise.

The Sears statement notes that the company serves “a broad base of customers around the country and around the world,” and that it has 200 employees in Israel.

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