Posts Tagged ‘Star of David’
The familiar symbol of the Israeli flag that adorns El Al airplanes will be accompanied the logo of the Vatican when the airline brings Pope Francis back from Israel to the Vatican after his visit in May.
A specially selected crew will man the plane, which will carry the pope, 30 church officials and dozens of journalists, Globes reported.
Incoming El Al CEO David Maimon said, “El Al is proud to have been chosen to provide its services for the pope and his delegation on his historic visit to Israel, and will provide the delegation a special flight at the end of the visit. We will meet all the needs of pilgrims who will accompany the Papal visit to Israel, including special aircrews for the flight.”
The pope will visit Israel at the end of his Middle East tour that will begin in Jordan and continue in Bethlehem and then Jerusalem.
The Swedish-based H & M clothing chain has recalled thousands of vest tops adorned with a skull inside a Star of David after angry complaints from customers.
“The order has been stopped and the others have been pulled,” said a H & M spokeswoman. “This was because of the feedback we received.”
H M rejected a Boycott Israel effort several years not to open stores in Israel, where it has been highly successful. H & M operates more than 3,000 stores in 53 countries.
The image of the skull and the Star of David aroused negative responses. “I note that your UK store on Oxford Street stocks a tank top featuring a skull superimposed on what resembles a star of David. The juxtaposition of a Jewish symbol with satanic imagery is highly offensive and redolent of classic anti-Semitic imagery,” complained one customer, David Arnold, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.
H & M stated, “Please accept our most sincere apologies that this has caused offense. We understand the criticism and in response to this have decided to remove the T-shirt from all stores with immediate effect.”
The design may not have been intended to offend Jews, and others, but it quickly realized the marketing idea was in poor taste.
Ironically, it was reported the same day that H & M has been named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent research group that promotes “best practices in corporate ethics and governance.”
Greece’s Jewish community has complained to authorities in Athens after a controversial entertainer used a symbol of an intertwined swastika and a Star of David to promote his night club shows.
“The design depicted on the poster fiercely insults our very religion as well as the memory of the six million Jews, victims of the Holocaust,” said a statement from the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, addressed to the country’s Minister of Justice and officials in the education ministry.
The poster advertising the show by singer and comedian Tsimis Panousis, for a series of shows at a club in the port city of Piraeus near Athens, shows a Magen David intertwined with a swastika.
The poster has been plastered widely across Athens and on major boulevards in the city. Panousis, who has a reputation for being provocative, was apparently trying to imply that Greece’s financial crisis was a result of the combined efforts of a German-led austerity plan and Jewish-controlled financial interests.
The Jewish central board’s statement said the board had appealed to various municipalities to remove the offending posters and that they had received positive responses. However, the posters remained up in many places in the city.
There has been an upsurge in anti-Semitic incidents in Greece recently, but most have been tied to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party.