In pictures: Jewish holiday of Purim


Dressed up Israelis take part in a parade to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim in al-Shuhada street, in the West Bank town of Hebron, on March 16

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Here's a look at the carnival-like Purim holiday 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 recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther. Pics-AFP