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Chevrolet SS Banned In Israel Because The "SS" Reminds Them Of The Nazis

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Oy Vey! The butthurt is strong on this one...

http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/chevrolet-ss-banned-in-israel-because-the-ss-reminds-them-of-the-nazis-ar147602.html

You would think that with Chevrolet’s release of its high-powered SS sports sedan, a lot of countries would be chomping at the bit to have the car come to their roads.

Apparently, that’s not the case in Israel.

According to the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth via the Times of Israel, the Chevrolet SS will not be imported to Israel because it’s "Super Sport" name, or at least the shortened "SS" version of it, is similar to the Schutzstaffel, a paramilitary unit headed by one Heinrich Himmler under Adolf Hitler’s long reign of terror in Nazi Germany.

The same Yedioth report quoted Baruch Shuv, manager of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and chairman of the Organization of Partisans, Underground Fighters and Ghetto Rebels, saying that “the use of [the SS] name is very inappropriate."

"It is not a name that will bring them pride or success,” Shuv added.

Granted, we understand the position Israel is taking, and we’re not going to belittle the significance of the Jewish people’s plight during one of the most oppressive times in history, but c’mon guys… It’s an abbreviation for “Super Sport,” not some anti-Jewish conspiracy.

It’s also worth noting that this is the first time Chevrolet is branding the initials SS exclusively and not using the full Super Sport name on the model.

And if Israel has a big and justified problem with the use of the SS name and is taking the measure of keeping the car out of their country, then that’s their prerogative.

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How in any way does 'SS' remind them of a modified X????

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Get rid of the abbreviation and spell it out I guess

Problem solved!

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How in any way does 'SS' remind them of a modified X????

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The SS were a famous branch of the Nazi military.

Anyways, a few people may not be happy with the name, but that's no reason to ban the car completely. Although I am against the name for another reason: too easy to mix up with the Camaro SS.

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Probably want Chevrolet to just change the name for cars to be sold in Israel,; I can't really blame them. Products have to be renamed quite often to comply with local standards

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Good cause it has a terribly boring design and what were they thinking when they were only gonna put an automatic in it?

Should be banned everywhere. Names the bottom of the issue here.

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Warring nations always panick. I remember South Koreans arresting people for discussing facts about North Korea in twitter.

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Given that the SS was a central player in Implementing the "Final Solution", such distaste of the "SS" abbreviation is quite understandable - it is pretty much a cultural imperative for Jews and Israel.

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The SS were a famous branch of the Nazi military.

Anyways, a few people may not be happy with the name, but that's no reason to ban the car completely. Although I am against the name for another reason: too easy to mix up with the Camaro SS.

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In this instance, SS means Schwachkopf Scheißkerl in reference to Israel.

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You obviously meant to say notorious. Under the circumstances there is quite a difference, and therein lies the reason for the ban. I can say that I don't care either way, but I can see why the choice was made.

edit: I sure hope South Park will parody this in some way...

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i don't even know why this is a surprise to some people

makes perfect sense to me, and i'm surprised this hadn't been done sooner

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So they rebadge for Israel. Not a big deal. Yes, Chevy has been using the SS name and badges on performance cars since the 60s so they see a lot of built in value to the name but products get name changes and much more for different markets all the time so why not this.

Just how big is the Israeli market for GM anyways.

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