Low-key Purim celebrations in Tel Aviv against backdrop of war


March 29, 2024

Amelie Botbol

Nirit from Gedera in Dizengoff Square with her husband and six children. March 24, 2024.

(JNS) - Tel Aviv's bustling Dizengoff Street was lined with people garbed in Purim costumes on Sunday, even as the celebrations were noticeably muted compared to years past due to the ongoing war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

"This year feels different with everything that has been happening. There are people who aren't celebrating with us because they can't and there are those who will never celebrate again," Zach Blank, 28, who immigrated to Tel Aviv from the United States 10 years ago, told JNS.

Blank was released from IDF reserve duty a month ago. He explained the significance of this c...

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