Gov’t de­stroys home of at­tack ac­com­plice

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

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.

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