Brooklyn jewelry store to stop selling swastika earrings


 NEW YORK (JTA) – A Brooklyn jewelry store owner agreed to stop selling swastika earrings amid criticism from Jewish leaders.  

Young Sook Kim, the owner Bejeweled in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, had initially defended the earrings claiming that the swastikas represented eternity in Tibetan culture.

"It’s not a Nazi symbol," Kim told "I don’t know what’s the problem. My earrings are coming from India as a Buddhist symbol." 

Ken Stern, director of the American Jewish Committee’s division on anti-Semitism and extremism, disagreed.

"It’s a symbol associated with the death of 6 million people," Stern said. " If I were running the shop, I would choose not to sell them." 

Kim agreed on Wednesday to stop selling the product after meeting with a New York city councilman.


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