ADL Praises Sears for Removing Swastika Ring from Online Marketplace

Chicago, IL, October 14, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised Sears for taking immediate steps to remove a swastika ring that was made available for sale by a third-party vendor on the online Sears Marketplace under the category, “Men’s Fashion Punk Rock Style.”

Sears Holdings, the corporate parent of, assured ADL that the offensive product was immediately removed from sale after it was discovered on the site, and the company issued a statement making clear that the item was offensive and a violation of their guidelines.

“They took this situation very seriously and took immediate steps to remove the items from their web site,” said Lonnie Nasatir, ADL Chicago Regional Director. “We deeply appreciate their efforts and believe they did the right thing by removing this product immediately and making clear that they believed the third-party sellers had exercised very poor judgment.”

In a letter to Edward S. Lampert, Chairman and CEO of Sears Holding Corp., ADL commended the company for its leadership in creating a hate-free environment in their online space.  “The swastika is a reviled symbol that has been co-opted by hate groups and others who venerate Nazi Germany and its racist policies,” said Mr. Nasatir.  We are grateful for this speedy and thorough response, which sends a clear message to the public that Sears rejects hate and bigotry.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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