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What the hell is wrong with American Jews?

Popular U.S. clothing store Urban Outfitters has halted sales of a T-shirt apparently supporting Palestinian violence that has sparked outrage in the American Jewish community.

The T-shirt, created by Los Angeles-based designer “Fashion Jive,” depicts a young Palestinian boy carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, over the word “Victimized.” The T-shirt also shows the Palestinian flag, a map of the Palestinian territories and a small white dove. The item sold online for $25.

Some Jews clearly find this offensive. So therefore the clothing should be blocked from distribution? The rush to always try and censor opinions the Zionist lobby doesn’t like is a particularly ugly trait.

When I was in Israel many years ago I bought a t-shirt featuring an image of an F-16 fighter with the words, “America, Don’t Worry, Israel is Behind You.” Palestinians could rightly be upset with an item that celebrates the violence perpetrated against them, but nobody called for its censorship (the item of clothing, bought as a joke, is in orange, the colour of the messianic settler movement.)

It’s really time that Jews understood that democracies feature thoughts and items that may offend some viewers.

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