Dov Hikind, the New York Assemblyman, got in a lot of trouble ten days ago for going to a Purim party in blackface. Purim celebrates a triumph; and at about the same time, two Israeli parents constructed elaborate Purim costumes for their children that have also gotten some flak. Guess what they depict?
Twin towers Purim costume
Yes, the Twin Towers, in flames, with planes. The verisimilitude is bracing– these kids could have been exhibits at the 911 Commission.
Remember those pictures of Palestinians supposedly dancing on rooftops when the Twin Towers fell? Are these costumes in the same category? Scott McConnell, who noticed the original news item, says the impulse might have been a sympathetic one, that we’re all in the same boat: “The Purim Mom who concocted the costume probably appreciated 9-11 too–that’s the appeal, the Americans now feel as we do. It’s a celebration of a different sort.”
Oh here is the original report from Ashley Baylen at Shalom Life:
Enter Ilay and Nehaoray, seven-year-old twins from Israel whose parents “playfully” decided to dress their children up in famous twin costumes: the Twin Towers. Not only are the kids dressed as the famous New York City buildings, they are fashioning the structures while on fire… with the planes sticking out of the side right near the children’s eye holes.
Popular news website Ynet originally posted the image, with the headline “Twin Towers and other costumes this Purim.” After several commenters remarked about how the title was almost as distasteful as the costume itself, the publication chose to remove it.