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H&M pulls 'anti-Semitic' vest

Fashion retailer H&M has pulled a vest from its shelves worldwide after accusations that its design, which featured a menacing skull in the centre of a Star of David, was anti-Semitic.

The menswear item, which was withdrawn this week following complaints, was also on sale in Israel, where the retailer has 14 stores.

H&M, a Swedish company, said in a statement: "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".

Mr Kantor said he hoped "that the symbols of the Jewish people will be given the same care as those of other minority groups".

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