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|Palestine, Wal-Mart & HiMY's 5th birthday present|
|12/25/00 at 21:18:27|
When I was 5ive years old,
My parents threw a birthday party.
At the back of house, we had an old wooden
Garage. Just enough for a small car.
We rented it to a muslim neighbour.
He drove a little old orange volkswagen.
He missed my birthday party. Days later, he
made up for it by giving one of the best
...I STILL have.
It was just sooooo coool!!! A Globe!
I frankly cannot recall much of my 5th birthday
party, but that afternoon in the foyer of our
house when the Muslim Man came by to drop off
my present...I remember that clearly!
I was so fascinated.
What is this? The WHOLE planet? Hunh?
It's round. It's blue. Here's canada. There's
how did I know, I couldn't even read then!!
I liked the colours.
So, When the following post arrived in my inbox,
I re-enjoyed a good memory from a good
InshAllah, Those of you that find a Sam's Club,
Should OWN THIS Globe for your children.
It may make them VERY happy.
And write a letter or send a message to The
Chairman of the company for allowing your
children to get such a significant present.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 12:09:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CAIR-NET: Use of "Palestine" Provokes Attack on Sam's Club
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful -----
AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/21/2000 HEADLINES:
* USE OF "PALESTINE" PROVOKES ATTACK ON SAM'S CLUB
* WRITERS PROTEST ISRAEL'S ATTEMPTS AT CENSORSHIP
* REMINDER - MUSLIMS RALLY FOR JERUSALEM IN WASHINGTON, DC
* DC-AREA MUSLIMS CELEBRATE END OF RAMADAN FAST -----
USE OF "PALESTINE" PROVOKES ATTACK ON SAM'S CLUB
RETAILER EMBROILED IN 'GLOBAL' DEBATE
By: SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN, The St. Petersburg Times, 12/19/2000
Yasser Arafat has yet to declare a Palestinian state, but
"Palestine" exists - at least on globes being sold at Sam's Club stores this
holiday season. In the past two weeks, Jewish shoppers from Florida and
elsewhere have bombarded the chain with calls and e-mails urging that the
globes be yanked from the shelves.
"We're getting a lot of questions from members of the Jewish community and
we're continuing to look into their concerns with our supplier," says
spokesman Melissa Berryhill.
The controversy is yet another reflection of the bitter conflict between
Israelis and Palestinians over land that each side claims as its own. Yet it
also shows that on such a highly charged issue, things aren't
always what they appear to be, especially in the realm of instantaneous
The globes themselves are fairly attractive, standing about 2 feet high and
made of semi-precious stones inlaid in a mosaic pattern approximating that of
countries, continents and oceans.
Some place names are printed in white letters; others in a reddish color that
doesn't show up as well against the globe's dark background.
The flap arose when a Sam's Club shopper - perhaps here in
Florida - looked at
the globe and didn't see Israel. But the same person did see "Palestine"
printed prominently in white, and thus began an Internet chain letter that
quickly made its way around the United States...
...Within a short time, Sam's Club had gotten dozens of e-mails from irate
Jewish customers, especially in Florida and New York. As many pointed out,
Israel is a bona fide country. Palestine is not. Why then was
Palestine on the globe and not Israel?...
...Sam's Club, a subsidiary of retailing giant Wal-Mart, is still trying to
determine why its Chinese supplier put "Palestine" on the globes in the first
place. Although the chain has no plans to pull them from the shelves, "every
comment like this from our members helps us get better," says Berryhill, the
spokeswoman. "We're aware of the sensitivity and we will take it into
consideration as we review our offerings for next year."
The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish-American group, was
by initial reports that Israel had been replaced by Palestine, says Ken
Jacobson, assistant national director. But the organization tempered its
reaction after someone took a picture of the globe showing Israel was there
all the time. "There is no Palestinian state even though that is exactly
what is being negotiated and talked about and seen by more and more Israelis
as inevitable," Jacobson says. "At least (the globe) has Israel. It still is
not accurate but it's not as bad as we originally thought."
Needless to say, Arab-Americans are delighted that a major
retailer is selling globes that show Palestine.
"We use the term 'Palestinian' on a daily basis," says Ibrahim Hooper,
spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic relations. "There are
Palestinian people who live in what's been called Palestine
for millennia, and this is not exactly something that happened yesterday. The
term 'Palestinian' is a legitimate description of an area and a people..."
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
Contact Sam's Club to let them know that Palestine and the Palestinian people
DO exist and that you oppose attempts to deny their existence and you support
the company's decision to sell the globe. CONTACT: Mr. Tom Grimm
President and CEO SAM'S Club 608 Southwest 8th Street Bentonville, AR 72712
TEL: 501-273-4000 FAX: 501-277-7526
E-MAIL: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
COPY TO: email@example.com URL: http://www.samsclub.com/eclub/main_help.jsp
|Re: Palestine, Wal-Mart & HiMY's 5th birthday present|
|12/27/00 at 22:05:05|
The second story just about ticked me off! First of all, there is Palestine. israel is not a state,I don't care who says it is. People just assume it's a state.
Second of all-I believe that the Palestinians were willing to share but "somebody" decided to be greedy and wanted to take over everything!!
And third-is it me or do those jews whine toooo much and just want to be in the spotlight all the time???!!!
P.S. By the way Himy-cute birthday story.
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