The station apologized for the choice in image about half an hour later, and said in a tweet that the picture was “inadvertently” used.
In a statement posted online, the station said the picture came from its image bank, and they “failed to recognize that the image was an offensive Nazi symbol.”
“We are extremely embarrassed and we deeply apologize to our viewers and to the Jewish community for this mistake,” the WGN statement said. “Ignorance is not an excuse.”
European Jews were legally required to wear the yellow badge on their clothing beginning after Kristallnacht in November, 1938, but the anti-Semitic practice of forcing Jewish citizens to don an identifying badge dates back to the 13th century.
To all those who think it is appropriate to say Happy Yom Kippur – it’s not. It happens a little over a week after Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the new year. It’s the holiest day of the year for Jews – a day of atonement and a day in which the Jewish people fast in order to ask for forgiveness from G-d for all their sins. It should more meaningful than happy. For more info, I encourage you to read this Cheat Sheet on Jewish Holidays.