Nov 8, 2023

Kmart: Australian supermarket pulls 'Merry Ham-mas' Christmas bag

Australian supermarket chain Kmart has pulled a festive gift from its website after a complaint from a Jewish group. The Christmas food-themed bag featured the pun "Ham-mas" in large lettering. The Australian Jewish Association said it had "Politely suggested" it be removed from sale because of the unintentional likeness to Hamas, which is a proscribed terrorist group in Australia and several other countries. According to the now-deleted product page on Kmart's website, the bag featured "Printed instructions to keep your ham fresh for longer" on one side, and the word's "Merry HAM-MAS" on the other. The unfortunate faux pas was first raised by the Australian Jewish Association on Twitter, alongside a picture of the bag.

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