Middle East Monitor.com Sun., Oct. 28, 2018
When America’s largest supermarket chain, Walmart, advertised an Israel Defence Forces children’s party costume there was outrage and the stores withdrew the fancy dress outfit. That was three years ago, but now the IDF military costume is being advertised again, this time on Amazon, which has also come under fire for selling it.
Now the pressure group Jewish Voices for Peace has joined a global campaign which accuses Amazon of double standards and “profiting” from Palestinian children’s pain.
“Each year the Israeli military arrests and prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children,” explained JVP’s Communications Strategist, Granate Kim. “Three out of four of these children experience physical violence during arrest or interrogation.” Incredibly, she added, Amazon is profiting from the pain of Palestinian children.
“Amazon sells Israel Defence Force costumes for kids, enabling the celebration of the violent oppression of Palestinian children, even though its own policy prohibits products that glorify hatred and violence.”
One angry Amazon reviewer gave the website a poor one star rating and stormed, “Might as well sell a Hitler outfit for children as well!” before calling it “utterly insensitive.” According to another reviewer, this is a, “Great costume to pretend colonising a certain people. My kid can now pretend he’s killing innocent people. Seriously how appalling is this??”
The khaki-coloured costume includes trousers, shirt, belt and red hat and features Hebrew writing. The design is a replica of the uniforms worn by the Israeli military.
The website appears to be trying to cash in on Halloween, a Western Christian festival held on 31 October which some believe has its roots in Celtic paganism. “When Halloween time rolls around, make this item part of your child’s complete ensemble,” says the Amazon blurb.
The product description goes even further: “Lets Defend the Country! Be part of the Elite IDF Military with this realistic looking costume! Set packaged in a durable zippered garment bag and the costume is available in 4 different sizes: Toddler 2, Toddler 4, Small, Medium and Large.”
JVP is now urging its members and supporters to sign a petition urging Amazon to follow its own policy and stop selling the fancy dress outfit for children. It is being asked to follow the example of other retailers like Walmart which stopped selling such outrageous costumes.
Full article here: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181028-an-outrageous-childrens-idf-party-costume-is-being-sold-by-amazon-for-halloween/