Fashion chain’s Christmas trees unfashionable in Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Spanish fashion chain has removed many of the Christmas trees in its Israeli store windows after customer complaints.

The Zara chain added Chanukah candles to its displays this week in recognition of the Jewish holiday being celebrated, Ynet reported Tuesday.

The stores had Christmas trees in four of its main stores across the country and no Chanukah symbols, the news site reported.

A ZARA customer service representative told Ynet that franchisers are obligated to act in accordance with global ZARA rules.

"We have Christian, Jewish and Muslim customers, and we are a melting pot for all clients," the representative said. "Therefore, the Israeli branches don’t deviate from the international concept and don’t look any different from the branches in Spain."

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