Israel Brief March 8, 2012: Purim revelers party, observe holiday nationwide in Israel



Purim revelers party, observe holiday nationwide

Festivals ranging from Tel Aviv’s zombie march to Holon’s annual Adlayada color city streets as Israeli celebrate Purim.

Source: JPost, 3-8-12

Purim costumes
By Courtesy Marom Communications

Purim is a holiday that Israelis of all ages and levels of religious observance can and do enjoy. The holiday celebrations extend from before the holiday itself, well into the weekend where parties will continue to rage for those waiting for the pending workweek to end.

Children across the country arrived to school on Wednesday – the night when the holiday began – and Thursday donning technicolor costumes both of tradition holiday characters like Queen Esther and the evil Persian Haman , and more modern characters that would not seem out of place in a Halloween parade in the United States.

Israelis revel in Purim, 2012       

Reuters/Ronen Zvulun 
Ultra-Orthodox in Bnei Brak read the Megilla

Ultra-Orthodox men unroll a segment of Esther’s megilla (scroll) to commemorate Purim.

Reuters/Nir Elias 
Schoolchildren in Tel Aviv wear costumes for Purim

Schoolchildren parade around wearing their costumes outside the Bialik Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv.

REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun 
A worker walks by Holon Purim Adlayada floats

The 20th annual Holon Adlayada, Israel’s largest Purim parade, focused this year on the Tastes of Childhood.

Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post 
Haredi teen looks for Purim mask in Mea Shearim

A haredi (ultra-Orthodox) teen surveys possible costumes ahead of Purim.

Reuters/Amir Cohen 
Youths take part in annual Tel Aviv Zombia march

Revelers join in the Zombi march, an annual festival in Tel Aviv that precedes Purim.

Israel Sun/Ricardo Malaccao 
Youths take part in annual Tel Aviv Zombia march

Youths in Tel Aviv get dressed up for the annual Zombie march on Tuesday.

Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post 
Constumed children celebrate Purim in Mea Shearim

Children in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood don their costumes in school.

Yossi Zliger 
Haredi man divvies Mishloah Manot in Beit Shemesh

A haredi (ultra-Orthodox) man hands out Mishloah Manot, Purim gift baskets in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

As part of the holiday, some observers hand out Misholoah Manot, Purim baskets that are meant to signify goodwill and a holiday that leaves no one underfed.

A number of festival parades and marches took place across the country, with revelers dressing up as zombies in Tel Aviv, and festival-goers in Holon joining the 20th annual Adlayada, this year centered around the Tastes of Childhood theme.

In Tel Aviv, an alternative Adlayada was organized by some members of last summer’s social protest movement, adopting politicized costumes that, while they conveyed a message, still kept to the holiday’s more jovial essence.

Israel Political Brief March 8, 2012: Haaretz poll: Most Israelis oppose an Israeli strike on Iran without US backing — Support for PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is at all-time high



Haaretz poll: Most of the public opposes an Israeli strike on Iran

Support for Netanyahu’s Likud party is at all-time high, but Israelis still skeptical regarding attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities without U.S. backing.

Source: Haaretz, 3-8-12

Most Israelis believe that if the United States does not attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Israel must no try to do so alone, according to a Haaretz poll.

The Haaretz-Dialog poll, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University on Sunday and Monday during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, also showed that the prime minister’s Likud party would win big in the next election, taking between 35 and 37 seats.

Netanyahu and Barak Oct. 18, 2011 (Moti Milrod) Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo by: Moti Milrod

Likud, the rest of the right wing and the ultra-Orthodox parties would get between 71 and 74 mandates. Under such a scenario, only Netanyahu would be able to form a government.

However, Netanyahu, who returned to Israel on Wednesday, is facing a complex political situation.

On the one hand, he and his party seem to be in top political form. On the other, 58 percent of those polled opposed an Israeli strike on Iran, without U.S. backing.

Thus it seems Netanyahu has not convinced those for whom he has been repeatedly threatening Tehran.

Even so, half the respondents said they are relying on Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to handle the Iran issue….READ MORE

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