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Celebrating Purim

<p>Jewish settlers are seen through an Israeli army guard post as they take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Jewish settlers are seen through an Israeli army guard post as they take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as...more

Jewish settlers are seen through an Israeli army guard post as they take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance on a table during celebrations for the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance on a table during celebrations for the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance on a table during celebrations for the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>People watch a parade celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in the Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv March 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

People watch a parade celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in the Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

People watch a parade celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in the Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>A woman dressed as a Brazilian dancer takes part in a parade celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in the Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv, March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

A woman dressed as a Brazilian dancer takes part in a parade celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in the Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv, March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A woman dressed as a Brazilian dancer takes part in a parade celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in the Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv, March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>A young Jewish settler in costume holds balloons during a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

A young Jewish settler in costume holds balloons during a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A young Jewish settler in costume holds balloons during a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Women in costume dance during a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

Women in costume dance during a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Women in costume dance during a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>Jewish settlers in costume take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Jewish settlers in costume take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Jewish settlers in costume take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>A Jewish worshipper in costume visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during the holiday of Purim March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

A Jewish worshipper in costume visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during the holiday of Purim March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

A Jewish worshipper in costume visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during the holiday of Purim March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>Jewish settlers take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Jewish settlers take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Jewish settlers take part in a parade for the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Children of foreign workers dressed in costume sit together during a party celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, at a school in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

Children of foreign workers dressed in costume sit together during a party celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, at a school in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Children of foreign workers dressed in costume sit together during a party celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, at a school in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>A young Jewish settler in costume walks in front of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, sacred to Jews and Muslims, during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

A young Jewish settler in costume walks in front of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, sacred to Jews and Muslims, during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A young Jewish settler in costume walks in front of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, sacred to Jews and Muslims, during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Children in costume take part in a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

Children in costume take part in a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Children in costume take part in a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>Palestinian schoolgirls watch as Jewish settler in costume (R) gestures during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010.  REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Palestinian schoolgirls watch as Jewish settler in costume (R) gestures during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Palestinian schoolgirls watch as Jewish settler in costume (R) gestures during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>An Israeli soldier wears a mask of Osama Bin Laden during a celebration for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron February 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

An Israeli soldier wears a mask of Osama Bin Laden during a celebration for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron February 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

An Israeli soldier wears a mask of Osama Bin Laden during a celebration for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron February 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>A girl dressed in costume takes part in a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

A girl dressed in costume takes part in a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A girl dressed in costume takes part in a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>A Jewish settler hugs his friends before a prayer in the West Bank city of Hebron February 25, 2010, to mark the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim to celebrate the well-being of the Jewish people, and to protest against policies they see as hurting their interests. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside </p>

A Jewish settler hugs his friends before a prayer in the West Bank city of Hebron February 25, 2010, to mark the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim to celebrate the well-being of the Jewish people, and to protest against policies they see as hurting...more

A Jewish settler hugs his friends before a prayer in the West Bank city of Hebron February 25, 2010, to mark the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim to celebrate the well-being of the Jewish people, and to protest against policies they see as hurting their interests. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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<p>The daughter of a foreign worker attends a party dressed in costume for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, at a school in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

The daughter of a foreign worker attends a party dressed in costume for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, at a school in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

The daughter of a foreign worker attends a party dressed in costume for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, at a school in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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