Palestinians have wiped Israel off the map, figuratively speaking, by literally creating maps sans Israel. And it looks like Target Stores did the same thing, when they manufactured a $1.00 made-in-China miniature globe with Palestine clearly written, but no 'Israel' anywhere to be found. Target denies any ill intent by omitting 'Israel', and did yank them off their shelves, only after many people complained.
After receiving complaints, Target, which sold the globes for several weeks, finally responded. On Sunday, it began yanking the globes from its 1,744 stores in 49 states (Vermont is Target-free)and destroying them. We hope.
"We didn't want to offend any of our guests," said Amy Reilly of Target customer relations, who initially said the omission of Israel was due to lack of space on the item.
I'm not sure what Target was thinking when they made that choice, and perhaps they should have abbreviated both countries, or omitted both, but I can't believe they thought they could get away with that.