Gov’t destroys home of attack accomplice
JERUSALEM (AP): THE ISRAELI military on Tuesday demolished the family home of a Palestinian convicted of being an accomplice to a deadly attack on Israelis last year, while security was stepped up for a Jewish holiday that was set to begin at sundown.
The military said the accomplice, Amjad Elewi, assisted in the “planning and execution” of a shooting attack that killed two Israelis who were driving their car in the West Bank. He is serving two life sentences plus 30 years for his role in the attack.
The military said it sealed the crossings in and out of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a security precaution for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day.
Nearly the entire country ground to a halt at sundown Tuesday as Israelis began observing the solemn day with a 25-hour fast and prayers.
Jews traditionally spend the day asking for forgiveness at intense prayer services. It caps a 10-day period of soul-searching that began with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year holiday. Shops, cafés and businesses shut down, and TV and radio stations go silent. Highways and roads are virtually empty except for secular youth enjoying the chance to bike and skateboard freely.