Walmart halts sale of Israeli soldier costume

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Facing a potential boycott by American Muslims, the retail giant chose to remove the controversial Halloween offering.

Walmart halted sales of its Israeli soldier costume after consumers protested against the product, the "New York Times" has reported. Some of the shoppers accused the retail giant of selling an apartheid army costume, leading Walmarts management to stop offering the Halloween special, according to the report.

The picture accompanying the product showed a costumed child holding a toy Uzi, though the description does not include the replica gun. Several Muslim groups in the US threatened to end their commercial ties with Walmart and launch a boycott over the costume.

One shopper complained: "Might as well sell a Hitler outfit for children as well! Pitiful!" While another post said, "Your little one can now go to his friend's house, and take over their bedroom, and all of their toys and claim that God has given him/her the right to take it."

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on October 28, 2015

Copyright of Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2015

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