Police ask: No masks on kid's Purim costumes please
The Jerusalem Post

12 March 2003

Police have asked the public not to let their children dress up in Purim costumes with masks, dress up as Arabs or carry toy weapons, citing security reasons.

"We have not banned using toy weapons or other costume props, but we call on the public top be careful," a police spokesman said. "We are wary of a scenario in which a terrorist could exploit the costumes, or Purim to disguise himself to carry out an attack."

"We are doing our utmost to ensure the children can enjoy the festival as much as possible," he said speaking on Israel Radio, promising police would protect public Purim events.

The spokesman also warned against letting children carry toys that could be dangerous.