´I Love Jews But Hate Israel´ T-Shirt Sparks Controversy (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/02/12)
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CafePress, the online retailer that sells custom made products,
removed the “I Love Jews But Hate Israel” T-shirt from its site after
the Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to the company imploring
them to remove the offensive content.
The online retailer sent an e-mail to Arutz 7, following an article
published on April 29, explaining company policy and their decision
to remove the design.
The e-mail stated, “In reference to the ‘I Love Jews But Hate Israel’
designs referred to in this particular story, last week an individual
inquired about this content and demanded its removal. At that time
the product images in question were immediately reviewed. Upon
review, we determined to remove the designs from our site.”
While the company did remove the “I Love Jews But Hate Israel” T-
shirt from its site, a wide variety of Hamas merchandise, as well as
other products asserting, among other things, that “Israel Kills,” is
still available online.
The company explained that it is an automated service that allows
users to upload merchandise designs into the CafePress marketplace.
Therefore, the “range of user-designed products varies widely in
topic, taste and political opinion.”
“CafePress’ independent design community spans the globe, with users
representing a multicultural and multinational ideals and sentiments.
As such, users may upload designs that some find distasteful or
offensive, but are nevertheless consistent with our policies for
expressions and content on our website. At times, user-uploaded
designs may be unacceptable based on our content usage policy or
other considerations and those images may be removed,” the e-mail
Customers are encouraged to contact CafePress if they see offensive
or hateful content that violates company policy.
The e-mail continued to note that, “the very nature of determining
what designs should and should not be removed from the website is
often seen as political statement, which we do not believe reflects
our role as a platform for self-expression. CafePress neither
condones the expressions found in our users’ designs nor condemns its
users’ right to express them within the confines of our policies.”
“We regret any offense or concern caused by the images in question,”
the company added.
Arutz 7 sent an e-mail to the company requesting that it remove the
Hamas and “Israel Kills” paraphernalia. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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