Saturday, September 16, 2006
A back-and-forth between Clamor and AA reps appears on the Clamor blog. The case against AA seems pretty sound and the company's complaints seem pretty groundless.
In any case, there's another reason to boycott AA and one that didn't make it into Clamor: CEO and owner Dov Charney is a Zionist. AA has opened a Tel Aviv store this year in violation of the international boycott and divestment campaign against apartheid Israel and apparently plans to open more (see photo).
Right: American Apparel's Dan Abenaim scouting for new locations in Jerusalem (caption and uncredited photo from Jewlicious.com). Addendum: According to the Jerusalem-based Jewlicious blogger, ck: "The image in question is of American Apparel Employee Dan Abenaim flanked by two American Apparel fans. They were both female members of the IDF serving in a combat unit. One was from Toronto and the other was from San Francisco. Abenaim was in Jerusalem scouting locations for another store."
A Times of London article* that appears on AA's web site states:
A sign outside his factory says a lot about the mix of influences at work in Charney. "This way to American Apparel," it announces. "The Sweatshop-Free T-shirt Kibbutz Owned and Operated by Dov Charney." Israel's kibbutz movement was the flowering of that Jewish socialist tradition that Charney's grandfather Hymie carried with him from Poland to Canada. But for all its virtues - and even Charney's apparent lack of interest in the trappings of wealth - American Apparel is hardly a workers' co-op, and Charney also enjoys likening himself to a Jewish "schmatta" - or rag-trade - businessman of the old school.Both Charney and the article's author seem oblivious or, more likely, indifferent to the Zionist terrorism against Palestinians that underwrote Israel and the "kibbutz movement." That "flowering of ... Jewish socialist tradition" was built on the blood and lands of Palestinians. Even today, Israeli kibbutzim do not allow Arabs to become full members.
According to a post on Jewlicious.com, after a 12-year-old Arab Israeli boy bested hundreds of Israeli Jewish kids last year to win a quiz focused on the history of Zionism, AA's CEO stepped in:
So I was on the phone talking to Dov Charney, President of American Apparel. He was telling me about how he was about to open a new American Apparel store in Tel Aviv. I then told him about Rami and suggested we get him a better prize, like an XBox. Charney was all "Screw that. Let's get a laptop. At least he can use that for school." So sure enough, we purchased a laptop for Rami as well as for his partner Gai Gutherz and this past Tuesday we invited Rami to meet our birthright israel trip at the offices of Ha'aretz.Quite the humanitarian, eh? The irony of giving Rami the laptop via a "birthright israel" trip is just so bitter. Any of Rami's non-Jewish relatives who were driven out by Zionist terrorists in 1948 have no "birthright" recognized by Israel to return to their homeland but a Jew from anywhere in the world can "return" all expenses paid.
Clamor's "American Apparel Exposed" Articles
- Who’s Your Daddy? Dov Charney serves up paternalism with a creepy smile at American Apparel HQ (click here)
- When the Sideshow Becomes the Main Attraction: A town-hall meeting about American Apparel (click here)
- F*cking Progressives: American Apparel wants you to bend over for its anti-sweatshop schtick (click here)
- All three articles with accompanying parody ads in PDF format (click here)
* James Collard. "Too sexy for his shirt; Profile." The Times (London, England). Feb. 12, 2005. p. 46. The article also appears on the AA web site here.
Update: "Zionist Apparel" Too Hot for American Apparel?
Last revised: 9/27/06
looks like you got fucked over good. Not to turn a light issue (u being had by jewlicious) into a serious one (the conflict in the mideast) but, while you would never say it out loud, deep down inside you are an antisemite. And spare me the zionism isnt judaism bullshit. You are advocating the destruction of the jewish state. Trust me, if you were calling for the liquidation of France, Germany, Lebanon, Iran ect. i'd call you anti-french, anti-german ect.
Hope you have a successful day of hate-mongering, masturbating, and editing you pathetic blog.
All the best!!!
By the way "Palestinians" don't exist. It's a fraud created by the Arabs to steal the Jewish homeland idiot!
Listen, douchebag: I'll let you scream and yell all you want about the way the Jews treat the Arabs the day Egypt gives my family back the land and possessions they took in 1956. There are two sides to everything, though it's hard to see that when you're too busy painting swastikas on cemetaries.
Nazi racist pig.
I know, it takes a lot of work playing up Israel as the poor, tiny, helpless victim. The victim who flaunts international law constantly while enjoying billions of dollars in supprt from the US and housing one of the largest, most advanced (nuclear-armed) militaries in the world.
I wonder if the same people who call the boycott of Israel racist were doing the same in the early 90's when there was an intenrational boycott of South Africa?
Oh wait, black South Africans were just a plot to steal land and resources from the rightful white owners. Sorry, I forget sometimes!
Israel has the right to exist and your opposition Israel proves the point.
I will not refer to you by nasty names, rather it is pathetic that you think you are progressive when really you write like a racist.
You're right, mere criticism of Israel is in itself not anti-semitic. Lying about Israel and exaggerating non-existent "human rights" abuses is though. As is openly supporting her terrorist neighbours.
"I wonder if the same people who call the boycott of Israel racist were doing the same in the early 90's when there was an intenrational boycott of South Africa?"
And what a sterling job you did with South Africa. With HIV, unemployment and the crime rate through the roof. South Africa used to have a space program. Now everybody is equally poor and disenfranchised (well except from the corrupt ANC).
The "Palestinians" were actively engaged in the Final Solution. A museum should be the least of their worries, they should be paying reparations to Israel along with their German comrades:
Adolf Eichmann's deputy Dieter Wisliceny testified during his war crimes trial in 1946 that ... "The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan... He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chambers of Auschwitz."
That was the leader of the "Palestinians" during the British Mandate.
Please research the definition for "semite" and "racist" before you become so passionate. There really is two sides to this problem. Perhaps you are refusing to see the other side?
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