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Seashells, Plastic Mermaids -- and Internet Hate 

A reader brings to my attention this cute little 
item in City Link magazine, a publication of the 
Tribune Company-owned Sun Sentinel in South Florida 
that calls itself "South Florida's premier youth 
culture magazine." In an item on the "best" places 
in the area, under "Best Place To Buy Tacky 
Souvenirs," the magazine picks the Peter Pan 
souvenir shop in Delray Beach, Florida:

You would never know from their business that 
Alex and Mona Seredin, the current owners of this 
54-year-old store, hail from Canada. Stepping 
inside Peter Pan brings you back to 1950s South 
Florida, when walking catfish flopped across the 
roads and your nearest neighbor was likely to 
be an alligator. This store offers hundreds of 
pieces of coral, seashell jewelry, straw hats 
and embroidered T-shirts with Florida themes.

Cute! What the item leaves out, however, is its 
proprietor's real claim to fame -- which is peddling 
hate, not "tacky souvenirs." Alex Seredin is the 
author of literally thousands of crudely anti-Semitic 
screeds on Internet Usenet boards, commonly referring 
to Jews as "kikes" and "long noses." Seredin recently 
opined that Jews "have no right to a country except 
six feet under," and recommended that "Palestinians 
expel all the bloody kikes."

Suggestion to City Link: Next time you profile a 
"tacky" souvenir shop owner, run the name in Google. 
You might find that more than just the souvenirs are "tacky."

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