THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER STEPHEN LEVIN

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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

January 10, 2012 COUNCILMEMBER LEVIN CALLS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES TO STOP SELLING ANTI-SEMITIC JEWELRY Brooklyn - Council Member Stephen Levin (D-Williamsburg) issued the following statement after learning from an article in The Gothamist by Christopher Robbins that Bejeweled, a Greenpoint retailer, is selling swastika earrings: “One of the most discouraging and disgusting examples of hate in our City is the recent rash of anti-Semitic vandalism in Brooklyn and Manhattan,” said Levin. “The fact that a young person can walk into a store in Greenpoint and spend $5.99 on a pair of swastika earrings only serves to promote and extend the recent resurgence of anti-Semitism in New York. I won’t stand for this in my neighborhood or in my district and I am calling on Bejeweled and all other City retailers who sell these earrings to remove them from your shelves and help us remove the hate from our City.”

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