B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith welcomes the decision by clothing retailer H&M to remove from its stores a shirt featuring a skull embedded inside a Star of David.
As the symbol of the Jewish people, the Star of David should be treated with dignity and respect.
In a statement, H&M addressed the issue: “We are sincerely sorry if the T-shirt print has offended anyone, it was not our intention to provoke such a reaction.”
Though H&M responded relatively quickly to remove the shirt and cancel future orders, we remain dismayed that the shirt was created, approved and sold in the first place. Education and ongoing remembrance of the Holocaust is vital to ensuring sensitivity.