Is­rael bars Pales­tini­ans from en­ter­ing dur­ing Jewish hol­i­day

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - —As­so­ci­ated Press

JERUSALEM — The Is­raeli mil­i­tary says it will pre­vent Pales­tini­ans from cross­ing into Is­rael from the West Bank dur­ing the Jewish new year be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns.

It said the clo­sure Sun­day would re­main in place for the du­ra­tion of Rosh Hashanah, which ends Tues­day night, but that hu­man­i­tar­ian cases would be al­lowed in.

Is­rael has im­posed sim­i­lar hol­i­day clo­sures in re­cent years, fear­ing mil­i­tant at­tacks dur­ing the re­li­gious fes­ti­val, when thou­sands of vis­i­tors flock to the Holy Land.

A wave of Pales­tinian at­tacks that be­gan this time last year has killed 34 Is­raelis and 2 vis­it­ing Amer­i­cans. Around 218 Pales­tini­ans died dur­ing that pe­riod. Is­rael says the vast ma­jor­ity of them were at­tack­ers, but the Pales­tini­ans and rights groups have ac­cused Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces of us­ing ex­ces­sive force.

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