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Scary or sensitive? A ‘politically incorrect’ Arab-inspired Halloween

Politically incorrect, Arab-inspired Halloween costumes have caused controversy in the past

Rajia Aboulkheir

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America’s largest supermarket chain Walmart sparked controversy this week for stocking a Halloween costume of an “Israeli soldier for kids.”

“Way to go teaching kids to dress up like murderers! Disgusting!” one Twitter user posted.

“Hey Walmart, do you realize you’re supporting the killing and occupation of innocent children with this costume?” another tweeted.

The retailer also came under fire for selling a “Sheik Fagin nose,” a hooked nose seen used in a costume depicting Arabs. Walmart has since pulled the outfit, along with the notorious nose.

Politically incorrect, Arab-inspired Halloween costumes have caused controversy in the past.

In 2014, Halloween enthusiasts dressed up as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

A year earlier, a Halloween costume of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, stocked by Walmart, was accused of being offensive to victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Other such outfits include late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Some Halloween enthusiasts have chosen to make their own costumes rather than buy one.

“I’ll wear black leggings, a black top with ISIS printed on it in white, and get a fake weapon,” Yasmine Riad from Egypt told Al Arabiya News, adding that she would be using a bandana as a face mask.

“It’s an easy option that’s different from the usual outfits people wear. I don’t want it to be offensive at all. I’ll be wearing it as a joke.”