ZARA Apologizes for Nazi -Style T-Shirt and Will Work with Wiesenthal Center to train Staff on Holocaust and Antisemitism

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Paris, 27 August 2014 

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre brought to the attention
of INDITEX - the Spanish mother corporation of the household name ZARA - a T-shirt redolent of Nazi camp apparel upon its appearance on the company's online catalogue.

Featured as "the Sheriff T-Shirt" due to its six-pointed star, the
Centre's European President Richard Odier, and Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, demanded the immediate removal and destruction of this "offensive object from ZARA stock and its withdrawal from catalogues wherever sold," also urging "an enquiry leading to dismissal of those staff and suppliers responsible."

Within five hours, the Centre received the attached reply from INDITEX General Counsel, Antonio Abril Abadin, acceding to all its requests. The apology mentioned that " ZARA is a company with more than 50 stores in Israel and is very close to the Jewish tradition, mainly thanks to .....the Simon Wiesenthal Centre."

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Samuels added that "at the height of the Intifada in 2003, ZARA sponsored the sale of toys produced by an Israeli special needs community, with the help of the Wiesenthal Centre."

The INDITEX letter continued, "we have already started an internal
enquiry to know every detail of the chain of command and [there will be] consequences to .....this incident," while, "we can explore initiatives with the [Centre's] Museum of educate and train our people in this important matter."

"In view of these goodwill apologies and measures, we consider the rapid resolution and crisis management by INDITEX- ZARA as a model case -study for other companies - especially those that succumb to BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions)," concluded Odier.

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