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Walmart pulls controversial Arab and Israeli Halloween costumes

Both costumes have been heavily criticised on social media.

AMERICAN RETAILER WALMART has drawn criticism for stocking an Israeli army Halloween outfit for children.

The costume is listed on its website for $27.44 (€25) ahead of Halloween this Saturday night.

Alongside this, a ‘Sheikh Fagin nose’ being sold by the store has also drawn heavy criticism.

According to the BBC, the costume was described by the store as “perfect for an Arab Sheik”.

Bizarrely, the ‘Sheikh Fagin’ nose managed to be both anti-Arab and anti-semitic.

‘Fagin’ would appear to be a reference to a Jewish character in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.

The Times of Israel has reported this evening that both costumes have been removed following outrage on social media.

Earlier this evening American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said on Twitter that it would be contacting Walmart in relation to what it called “racist, anti-Arab costumes”.

On Walmart’s Facebook page this evening, a number of individuals have criticised the store’s decision to remove the IDF costume, saying that the move was unnecessary and in showed opposition to Israel.

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