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Jews Celebrating Hanukkah in Israel

The Menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum used on Hanukkah.

The Menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum used on Hanukkah.

JERUSALEM (AP) - Jews in Israel and around the world have
started celebrating Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday that
commemorates a military victory over the ancient Greeks.

A menorah was lit in Sderot just hours after a rocket fired from Gaza scored a direct hit on a house in the southern Israeli town, scattering rubble and furniture inside.

A truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers expired on Friday
after six months. The truce had frayed since early November, and
rocket fire at Israeli towns has been increasing in recent days.

Eli Goldsobol, a British Jew at the lighting ceremony said, "We are not moving from Sderot, we're going to stay and we're going to fight. Happy Hanukkah to everybody."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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