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Nordstrom’s pulls Chanukah sweater

(JTA) – Nordstrom’s pulled a women’s Chanukah sweater from its stores and website after it was criticized for perpetuating negative stereotypes of Jewish women. The blue sweater has the words “Chai Maintenance” knitted on the top and “Hanukkah J.A.P.” on the bottom. JAP stands for Jewish American Princess, a pejorative. The sweater still appears on the website, but only the back, which has no writing, is visible and the page says “Product not available.” Nordstrom’s came under heavy criticism on its Facebook page. “Cute and kitschy is one thing but perpetuating negative stereotypes as supposedly cute or fun holiday wear is disgusting,” one post read. “Very disappointed that Nordstrom’s would sell such a degrading item, that makes fun of Jewish women,” read another. In response to one critic, a Nordstrom’s customer service employee wrote: “this item wasn’t something we should have offered, Eileen. We have pulled the sweater from our site and it will no longer be offered.”

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