Wiesenthal Centre Protests Travel Cushion That Wipes Israel off the Map

February 11, 2019

Oporto, Portugal, 

During a recent visit to speak at a symposium in Portugal, SWC's Director for International Relations found, in an array of travel cushions - manufactured in China and distributed across Europe through Barcelona - that the world map depicted on the cushion was missing Israel and had been replaced by "Palestine".

In a letter to the cushions’ distributor, Sergio Durany Herzig, Director General of Zabriskie Studio S.L., Samuels argued, “This stock should be withdrawn and replaced by a corrected map ... To wipe the Jewish State off the map is defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) as, ipso facto, antisemitism.”

“If, perhaps, the source of this outrage is the Chinese producer, we urge you to take appropriate measures, either to explain the situation and demand it be corrected or your switch to a non-political manufacturer,” concluded Samuels.

Samuels was closing speaker at the symposium, presenting the Centre's agenda in “Combatting Antisemitism, with a Clenched Fist and an Outstretched Arm.”

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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