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Israel Prepares for Yom Kippur

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29 Sep 2017 (All day)
Israel Prepares for Yom Kippur
Israelis prepared for the Biblical Holy Day of Yom Kippur Friday afternoon. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told reporters that hundreds of supplemental security personnel would be deployed throughout the country to secure the day, with a special emphasis on Jerusalem’s Old City, a perennial flashpoint of conflict and the site to which tens of thousands of Jews would be converging for Yom Kippur prayers. “Heightened security measures have been implemented all over the country, especially in Jerusalem, where thousands of people are expected to visit the Old City’s Western Wall area,” said Rosenfeld. “Officers from several units, including special patrol, will be dispatched to all public areas throughout the country to prevent, or quickly respond to, any attacks.”

Yousef Addresses PA at UN
Mosab Hassan Yousef, author of the best-selling autobiography “The Green Prince” and the son of one of the most important leaders of the Islamist terror militia Hamas, spoke on Wednesday before the UN General Assembly about the plight of Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East. Directly addressing the Palestinian Authority, he asked "Where does your legitimacy come from? The Palestinian people did not elect you, and they did not appoint you to represent them.” He added that the PA should stop blaming Israel for its own failures, saying "If Israel did not exist, you would have no one to blame."

Here is a video showing his remarks

US State Department Walks Back Friedman’s Remarks on Settlements
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was heavily criticized on Thursday following the publication of an interview he gave to Israeli news portal Walla in which he declared his belief that West Bank “settlements are part of Israel," while his superiors at the State Department in Washington declined to back him up. The statement "should not be read as a way to prejudge the outcome of any negotiations" and "should not be read as a shift in US policy," State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters. “I just want to be clear that our policy has not changed. I want to be crystal clear."

In related news, a spokesperson for the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told official PA radio during an interview Thursday that Abbas condemns all examples of violence, including the recent shooting attack at the gate of the Jerusalem suburb of Har Adar. However, no specific condemnation of this attack, which has been demanded by Israeli officials, has been forthcoming.

Norwegian Minister Sends Supportive Message to Israel
Norway’s Minister of Immigration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug, gave an interview with the Israeli news site Ynet this week in which she said, “We see what is happening in Sweden, in Britain, and in France. We are experiencing now the fear that you (Israel) have experienced for decades.” She added her belief that European governments and citizens “need to understand the situation in Israel better, because of the terror attacks in Israel.”

“The Progress party has always been a supporter of Israel’s need to protect themselves [sic] in a region where you are the only democracy,” continued Minister Listhaug, before adding that “this does not mean we support everything you do, but that you have a right to defend your people and your borders because you live in a region that has a lot of problems."

Think Tank Study Shows UNRWA Textbooks Teach Hatred of Israel
A research paper released on Wednesday by the Center for Near East Policy Research, The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Middle East Forum shows that textbooks used in schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza and the West Bank teach Palestinian children to be anti-Jewish, leaving little hope for long-term peace prospects. The study concluded that three principles guided the curriculum in almost all subjects where Israel and/or Jews were mentioned, namely “delegitimization, demonization and indoctrination to violent struggle instead of peace.”

“Israel is not a legitimate state according to the PA schoolbooks studied at UNRWA schools,” the study says. “The name ‘Israel’ does not appear on the map at all.”

Today’s video shows some of the social activities in Israel’s capital city

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