It's Purim

Thursday, March 24, 2005 | 
Israelis are celebrating the Biblical holiday of Purim, which marks God's deliverance of the Jews from destruction about 2,500 years ago, as recorded in the Book of Esther. Jews mark Purim by dressing up in costumes, and this year, some of the getups are controversial. One boy in a Gaza settlement dressed up like a Palestinian suicide bomber strapped with a mock bomb belt. And here in Jerusalem, two teenagers wore the striped uniforms of Jewish inmates at the Nazi death camps. Many people were offended. They said young people should not poke fun at two of the most sensitive issues in Israel--Palestinian terrorism and the Holocaust.

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