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Swastikas land New York shop in trouble

2012-01-12 11:11

New York - A New York store was told by a city politician on Wednesday to stop selling swastika earrings, although the shop manager said they were an ancient Indian symbol, not the Nazi emblem.

Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president in New York, said on his website that swastikas could not be a "fashion statement. It is the most hateful symbol in our culture and an insult to any civilized person."

However, the manager of Bejeweled, a store in Brooklyn, told Fox News that the $5.99 earrings were sold as a symbol of ancient eastern religious beliefs.

The swastika had been used in India and elsewhere for many centuries before the Nazis stripped it of religious significance and made it their defining emblem before World War II.

"It's not a Nazi symbol," Young Kim told Fox News. "I don't know what's the problem. My earrings are coming from India as a Buddhist symbol."

Stringer said the response showed "unbelievably poor judgment and shocking to the sensibilities of all New Yorkers. I demand the store recall these earrings immediately."

Comments
  • Blade - 2012-01-12 11:16

    I bet Graziella has a pair...

      Graziella - 2012-01-12 11:47

      Would love one, will be forwading my address so that you can suprise me this coming Valentine. Would prefer them in black diamond!

      Lanfear - 2012-01-12 12:00

      Good retort Graziella! lol

      RE - 2012-01-12 19:08

      the picture n24 showed isnt a swastika .. it shows anti clock wise, the nazi swastika shows clock wise.. and its true that it comes from india and china etc.. even before jesus, and it means good fortune.

  • henrileriche - 2012-01-12 11:24

    It might be a shock to some but yes. The Swastika is older than the Nazis, or the AWB. The AWB copied it from the Nazis who copied it from the Buddhists. Lots of copying going on and groups trying to monopolise ideas and signs. History of the Swastika - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

  • Treacle - 2012-01-12 11:55

    Last time I looked the swastika consists of two overlapping "s"'s and and not zees....and what's all the fuss about anyway?

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-12 11:56

    I understand the shop keeper's reasoning but I think a history lesson on WWII and the holocaust is in order...

  • John - 2012-01-12 12:06

    You will find the "crooked cross" in many cultures including the Aztecs and the Hindus. In fact it used to be Finnish Airforce markings on their planes. The Nazis perverted the meaning of the swastika and also by association Wagners music. These trinkets would probably have been only bought by Hindus and Buddhists but some trumped up politician trying to gain a few points will have every neo-nazi inundating the shop to buy the swastika earrings.

  • riaanfourieface - 2012-01-12 12:36

    Then why don't they break down the Denver International Airport while they are at it because it looks like a swastika from the top. And what about the murals in the Great Hall at Denver International Airport, depicting a German boy with German attire beating a sword into a plow...with all the nations gathered around him(including USA!!!) handing over their flags to him? This is in the middle of america by the way and you are worrying about earrings. Get real. For those who don't know what I'm rambling about, google DIA conspiracy.

  • Jaba - 2012-01-12 12:57

    I agree with the store manger, as the swastika is a religious symbol. Unfortunately, in a city like New York it isn’t the best place to sell them unless the store manger puts up a big sign describing the true meaning of the object.

  • Peter - 2012-01-12 14:11

    It might have been a symbol of peace, but its use by the Nazis has destroyed that forever. To use it now for any reason is unacceptable.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-12 15:06

    Yes sir master, right away sir. Personally I would have thrown Stringer out of the shop.

  • John - 2012-01-12 15:18

    USA? 'Land of the Free'??????

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