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US retailer Wal-Mart under fire over Israeli soldier, racist Arab Halloween costumes

AFP , Wednesday 28 Oct 2015
Walmart Halloween costumes, Israeli soldier and Arab costume
Walmart Halloween costumes, Israeli soldier and Arab costume (Photo: Walmart official website)
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US retail giant Wal-Mart has withdrawn from sale of an Israeli soldier's costume for children and a fake "Arab" nose ahead of Halloween, after an outcry from civil liberties groups that the outfits are offensive and racist.

But the costumes were still being advertised Wednesday by other retailers, including Amazon and eBay, leading Arab and Muslim groups in America to demand their immediate withdrawal.

Israel has killed more than 54 Palestinians and wounded hundreds during the month of October alone.

At least seven Israelis were killed in reported attacks by Palestinians during the month.

Campaign groups say the costumes are not only racist, but could fuel hate crimes against Arab-Americans.

The United States celebrates Halloween on Saturday when children dress up in costumes and go trick or treating. Adult costume parties are also popular nationwide.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) welcomed Wal-Mart's decision to withdraw the costumes and joined other pressure groups in calling on other retailers to follow suit.

"The costumes are very problematic and offensive to many people," said ADC president Samer Khalaf, blaming the Israeli military for the death and occupation of Palestinians.

"Such a symbol of fear, violence and a long history of dispossession should not be used for entertainment purposes."

The costumes were not listed on Wal-Mart's website Wednesday.

But Amazon is selling the soldier's costume for $29.99. The outfit has a two-star rating and has attracted a slew of negative remarks on the website branding it "disgusting."

Multiple children's military outfits are offered for Halloween, including a Navy SEAL costume -- the elite US unit that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Amazon's website also advertises the "Sheik Fagin Nose" for $22.38 illustrated by a picture purportedly showing an Arab in a head dress with an oversized nose.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told AFP that it was an annual problem.

"It seems to be a perennial thing, that every year around this time, there is an offensive, racist Halloween costume that has to be challenged," he said.

"Given that Israeli soldiers are currently abusing Palestinian civilians and have been... I think it's very inappropriate to have this as a children's costume," he added.

ADC and CAIR welcomed Wal-Mart's decision, and joined the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) to urge Amazon, eBay and Sears Marketplace to follow suit.

Wal-Mart, Amazon and eBay did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

*This story was edited by Ahram online.

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Pharaoh
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Cair and MB
When an organization like CAIR starts fighting for our rights then we have a problem. CAIR is affiliated with the muslim brotherhood. The relationships they have built is similar to the muslim brotherhood. The people they have put in positions of power is exactly in the same manner as the muslim brotherhood. We need a new champion of our rights or the same fate as the MBs will happen in the united states.
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