High street brand Zara has removed a child’s striped pyjama shirt featuring a yellow star from its stores, following a number of online complaints.
Twitter users compared the pyjama shirt to the uniform worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during World War II.
— Shulman (@shulman_k) August 27, 2014
The blue and white striped shirt features a six-pointed yellow star on the front. The word “sheriff” is written on the star but this was not clear in the zoomed out images available on the brand’s website.
— Nathalie Rothschild (@n_rothschild) August 27, 2014
Israel journalist Dimi Reider commented on the shirt in a piece for 972mag.com, writing: “It’s a SHERIFF shirt for your three-year-old. Obviously. What else could it be? Why, what else does it remind you of?”
The item in question was available to buy in a number of countries including the UK, Israel, France, Denmark, Albania and Sweden.
The online retailer has since apologised via Twitter and the shirt is no longer for sale.
@eylanezekiel We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our stores
— ZARA (@ZARA) August 27, 2014