This year’s Purim costume: IDF soldier convicted of manslaughter

This year for Purim, many parents are dressing their children up as Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier convicted of manslaughter. The trend is becoming very popular as many people view him as a hero.
Children dress up as Elor Azaria for purim Photo credit: Channel 2 News

This year for Purim, many Israeli children are dressing up as Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a neutralized terrorist in Hebron almost a year ago. “I’m not saying that he did the right thing but in my eyes he is a hero,” stated one grandmother of such a child. “He took the initiative. His commanders weren’t around, the scene wasn’t managed properly and he took command.”

During the weekend, a costume competition for Elor Azaria will take place. The creator Ran Karmi Buzaglo has promised the participants prizes such as guitars, tickets to an amusement park and to a safari. “I urge people to dress up like Elor as a statement,” Buzaglo stated. “He’s a fighter and was sent to protect us and I’m proud to see children dressing up like him.”

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Elor Azaria Photo credit: Miriam Alster/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Some of the prizes were donated by citizens who heard about the initiative. One man even volunteered to make 300 face masks of the convicted soldier. “I think that these masks teach our children about the military,” he said.

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