1. H&M pulled a controversial shirt from its shelves on Monday, after consumers complained that it was anti-Semitic.
2. The shirt was first noticed by Times of Israel blogger Eylon Aslan-Levy.
“At first I was taken aback,” wrote Aslan-Levy. “Then I was slightly amused, because this design was obviously a horrible mistake; then I began to wonder whether I was simply being paranoid – perhaps only Jews immediately think of a Jewish symbol when they see two overlapping triangles, and perhaps worrying about a symbol of death emblazoned above the iconic Jewish hexagram was simply my Jewish anxiety in overdrive?”
3. Combining the Jewish star of David and a skull, says Aslan-Levy, recalls “a long history of associating Jewish symbols with Satanic imagery.”
4. Since Aslan-Levy first published his piece on Monday, H&M has recalled the men’s shirt, citing public objection.
“Please accept our most sincere apologies that this has caused offense,” a company spokesperson said. “We understand the criticism and in response to this have decided to remove the T-shirt from all stores with immediate effect.”
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