Article by Andrea Peyser, New York Post
Last Updated: 9:51 AM, February 4, 2010
Posted: 3:55 AM, February 4, 2010
It looks as if Iran has found allies in its quest to wipe Israel off the map — the dopes at your friendly neighborhood Target store.
On sale exclusively at Target is this innocent-looking toy globe. Thousands of these trinkets have already moved out of malls, from Queens to Honolulu, and landed in living rooms and kids’ rooms across America.
But folks who forked over a buck for the miniature worlds got less than they bargained for.
These planetary models contain just about all the countries on Earth — from France to China, Singapore to Spain. But there’s one glaring exception:
In the spot where Israel should be, this word is printed: “Palestine.” Some of those who unwittingly purchased the Israel-free orbs feel as if they’ve played a role in a modern-day Final Solution.
“They’re teaching kids there is no Israel, only Palestine,” said Rabbi Gary Moskowitz, who bought a globe at the Queens Center Mall for his 5-year-old daughter. “This encourages terrorism. This foments hatred.”
Bob Kunst learned of the globe’s omission when a friend’s 12-year-old daughter in Florida asked innocently, “Where’s Israel?”
“The very people who deny Israel’s existence also deny the Holocaust,” he said.
After receiving complaints, Target, which sold the globes for several weeks, finally responded. On Sunday, it began yanking the globes from its 1,744 stores in 49 states (Vermont is Target-free), and destroying them. We hope.
“We didn’t want to offend any of our guests,” said Amy Reilly of Target customer relations, who initially said the omission of Israel was due to lack of space on the item. (Isn’t “Palestine” a longer word?)
Devrian Global Industries of New Jersey, which imported “tens of thousands” of globes from China, apologized. “Obviously, it was a mistake. We obviously offended some people. Now we’re pulling them off the shelves,” said chief merchandising officer Larry Fine. No estimate on how many were sold.
So is this much ado about little? I think not. The movement to marginalize and even destroy the Jewish state has lately picked up steam. Israeli products are boycotted in Europe. Arabic textbooks deny Israel’s right to exist. Even the Obama administration has voiced policies of appeasement: In Cairo last June, President Obama went so far as to equate the murder of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust with Arab dislocation in the Middle East.
And, of course, there’s Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s infamous quote: “Israel must be wiped off the map.”
The globes were made in China by the Ningbo Beilun Beixin Plastic and Hardware Co., and were inspected and approved by the American firm Bureau Veritas. Its officers wouldn’t comment, citing “client confidentiality.”
None of this explains why so many people missed the flaw. Or did someone willfully look the other way?
Devrian, meanwhile, wants to talk to the Chinese manufacturer, to make certain such a thing doesn’t happen again. The company is having trouble doing so. With Chinese New Year approaching, officers said, no one is available to translate.
Israel will have to wait.
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