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 Sears.com, 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.”

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.