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Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Dorog Hassidic sect gather around a butcher just before he slaughter a chicken as part of the Kaparot ritual, in which it is believed that one transfers one’s sins from the past year into the chicken, in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his center-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state
Racers in the five-kilometre “Running in Colour” event approach the finish line in Tel Aviv, Israel. Inspired by the Hindu Holi festival, coloured powders were thrown over runners during the event, which was held to raise awareness about post traumatic stress disorder.
Young children of foreign migrant workers wear costumes as they march in a Purim parade in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Jewish holiday commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues
African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior.
Thousands of African migrants take part in a rally in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv in protest against a law that allows the Israeli authorities to keep them in open-ended detention until their asylum requests are resolved
Pelicans rest as the sun sets behind a water reservoir in Emek Hefer, north of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Thousands of migrant Pelicans pass though Israel on their way to Africa, and go back to Europe in summer
Ethiopians kiss the ground after disembarking a plane at Ben Gurion airport, outside Tel Aviv. According to media reports, the Jewish Agency brought some 450 new immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel as part of the Wings of a Dove operation launched three years ago to bring the remaining Falash Mura Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors were forced to convert to Christianity to Israel. The Jewish Agency has brought over 7,000 immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel.
A participant dances during the annual Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday. Thousands of Israeli and foreign gay and lesbian people joined in the festivities, which concluded with a huge beach party
A boy watches Israeli Air Force CH-53 helicopters fly over the Mediterranean Sea on a Tel Aviv beach during an aerial show forming part of celebrations for Israel’s Independence Day on April 16 2013, marking the 65th anniversary of the creation of the state.
Israeli shop owners play backgammon in the Betzalel market in central Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday. Backgammon is very popular game in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.