H&M withdraws vest over anti-Semitism controversy
PARIS (AP) — Fashion retailer H&M has pulled a vest from its shelves worldwide after accusations its design, which featured a menacing skull in the center of a Star of David, was anti-Semitic.
The menswear item, which was withdrawn this week following complaints, was also destined for sale in Israel, where the retailer has 14 stores.
H&M, a Swedish company, said in a statement Friday: “We are sincerely sorry if the T-shirt print has offended anyone, it was not our intention to provoke such a reaction.”
European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor welcomed the garment’s withdrawal, calling it a “thoughtless and insensitive design.”
Kantor said he hoped “that the symbols of the Jewish People will be given the same care as those of other minority groups.”