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Syrian rebels ban croissants as symbol of 'colonial oppression'

Posted Aug 1, 2013 by Abdul Kuddus
Amid intense fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria and struggling to gain a stronghold in the Syrian civil war, the rebels in Aleppo issued a fatwa that banned croissants, according to reports.
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The rebel committee said croissants are a symbol of colonial oppression. Reportedly croissants were first made to celebrate a European victory over the Muslim Ottomans centuries ago.
“Croissants’ crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims, according to the fatwa,” al-Arabia reported.
“The much-repeated legend that seems to be behind the anti-croissant fatwa — that a baker in Budapest invented the treat after the city repelled an Ottoman invasion — has been debunked by food historians several times over. Most agree the bread migrated to France by way of Austria in the early 1800s. And while France did rule Syria for a period before World War II, Austria obviously never did. Then again, Syrian extremists aren’t exactly known for their nuance,” the Washington Post reported.
The ban comes at a time when Syria is facing severe food crisis — especially bread — in Syria's besieged northern city.
The Washington Post reported on the growing influence of sharia law in rebel-held areas in Syria.
Reportedly, radical Islamist groups have taken over the moderates in rebel held areas and have set up sharia committees to dispense justice and issue fatwas, in addition to handling administrative issues.