Feb 9 2010
Well no, not yet, Iranian leader Ahmadinejad didn’t get his wish. Target is selling a globe that lists every country on earth…EXCEPT Israel.
It looks as if Iran has found allies in its quest to wipe Israel off the map — 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: Israel
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. IUC