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March 19, 2014

For Purim, KKK costumes cause controversy

Israeli high school students' outfits generate criticism during Jewish holiday.

High school students in Israel dress up as Ku Klux Klan members for Purim. (Image via MIZBALA.COM)

High school students in Israel have ignited a heated online debate after dressing as Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members and African-Americans for the Jewish Purim holiday. 

The students from the Harel High School in a suburb of Jerusalem reportedly posted a photo of the costumes to Facebook and the Israeli creative agency Mizbala last week. They wore the outfits to mark the Purim holiday, which celebrates a story from the Book of Esther, where the Jews were saved from extermination in Persia. Many Jews celebrate by eating, drinking and wearing costumes in a carnival-like atmosphere. 

The photo generated a storm of comments online. One user reportedly wrote, “There is no doubt that this is a shameful provocation that indicates insensitivity". Others online echoed this sentiment: