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Israeli security on high alert entering Yom Kippur

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Israeli security on high alert entering Yom Kippur

Israel has placed its security forces on high alert and temporarily closed off the West Bank as the nation enters Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the highest holy day in Judaism, which begins this evening. IDF security crossings from the West Bank into Israel were temporarily closed on Thursday night and will open again at midnight on Saturday in accordance with security assessments adopted by the IDF. The Shin Bet security agency has raised the level of terror warning after learning that Hamas has issued 'an organizational directive' to foil the recently restarted peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. A special detachment of 300 police officers are also being deployed in the mixed Arab/Jewish city of Acre, where riots erupted on Yom Kippur two years ago. All public transport ceased this afternoon, and the nation will go into a 24-hour shutdown, with most Israeli Jews observing a one-day fast in keeping with the biblical command to afflict oneself and seek forgiveness on this day. Tomorrow evening, the nation will emerge to begin preparations for the joyous week-long celebration of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles, beginning at sunset next Wednesday.

 

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