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H&M removes anti-Semitic shirt from racks after complaints

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H&M has pulled a controversial tank top from its racks after the store raised eyebrows with the shirt, which some believed conveyed an anti-Semitic sentiment.

The tank top was photographed and shared on Twitter by Times of Israel blogger Eylon Aslan-Levy, who was shocked when he saw the a red-and-black Star of David with a skull superimposed on top of it.

“At first I was taken aback; 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?” he blogged upon seeing the shirt.

Aslan-Levy wrote that whether or not the store intended to convey an anti-Semitic message, the offensive image needed to be removed.  

“…Whatever the designer may have been thinking (and God knows what he was thinking!), what an ordinary, reasonable person sees in this vest is a skull emblazoned over a Star of David – and that is why this item needs to be withdrawn from H&M stores immediately.”

A representative for H&M confirmed to FOX411 that the shirt was subsequently removed from stores.

The company also issued an apology for the offensive tank. 

"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."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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