Jennie Rivlin Roberts, who runs the Judaica web store ModernTribe.com, often sells products that are specifically tailored for holidays and religious festivals. Yom Ha’atzmaut, or Israeli Independence Day, takes place on April 19 this year. In honor of the holiday, Roberts decided to sell the “My Israel” necklace, which was created by Israeli artist Elanit Leder. The necklace is a charm shaped like Israel, but with large hunks cut out to represent the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It is available in both gold ($70) and silver ($44).
The necklace, like many things associated with Israel, has been met with tremendous controversy. Though the necklace has only been listed on ModernTribe for a few days, Roberts has received dozens of complaints. She posted an ad for the necklace on her Facebook page, which led to heated debate among her friends and colleagues.
What do you think? Is it just a pretty necklace, or is it a huge political statement? Should jewelry just be pretty, or is it a good way to express your ideology?