'The Juslims' Win Halloween

Muslim-Jewish friends come up with superhero costume idea
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2016 2:58 PM CDT
'The Juslims' Win Halloween

Two California 13-year-olds are the stars of Halloween this year with their joint costume: A superhero team they created called "The Juslims." As 13-year-old Casey Pearlman's father explained on Twitter Saturday, "My daughter is Jewish. Her best pal is Muslim. For Halloween they created a superhero team: The Juslims. I've rarely been more proud. Truly." The post has been liked more than 100,000 times and retweeted more than 50,000 times so far, with commenters seeming to agree that the girls and their costume are inspiring, BuzzFeed reports.

Pearlman and her friend Yasmin Idris coined the term "Juslim" while talking with Pearlman's father last year about what their religions have in common. Then, election season descended: "Me and Yasmin both disagree with almost everything that [Donald Trump is] deciding to do" with regard to Muslims and immigrants, Pearlman tells BuzzFeed, and they decided to come up with a Juslims costume for Halloween. "I’m Muslim and she’s Jewish; I’m black and she’s white," adds Idris. "I think it’s really empowering for people to see us as role models in saying let’s stop the war and to show equality between all people." (More uplifting news stories.)

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