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02/22/2013

PHOTOS: Purim preparations

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 A Jewish settler child wears a costume ahead of the Jewish festival of Purim Friday at the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, West Bank. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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Jewish settler children wear costumes ahead of Purim at the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, West Bank. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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A boy wears a costume ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood Friday. (Amir Cohen/ Reuters)

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An ultra-orthodox Jewish boy wears a costume ahead of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)

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