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Jerusalem Prepares for Shavuot and Ramadan

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10 Jun 2016
Jerusalem Prepares for Shavuot and Ramadan
Large numbers of supplemental police officers were deployed in Jerusalem Friday as the first Friday of the Muslim month of Ramadan coincided with the Jewish festival of Shavuot (Weeks) which begins Saturday evening. A police spokesman said the deployment is necessary as thousands of Moslems and Jews will be in the capital’s Old City for religious events over the weekend and tensions have been heightened following Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Tel Aviv.
Israel Reacting Strongly to Tel Aviv Terror Attack
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman declared his determination to severely punish all those responsible for Wednesday’s terror attack in Tel Aviv Thursday evening. The two terrorists who carried out the attack were arrested and are being questioned while other accomplices are being sought. The village of Yatta, where the terrorists were from, has been sealed and work permits issued to their immediate and extended families have been revoked. Lieberman also announced on Thursday that he is discontinuing the policy of returning the bodies of terrorists killed in the act of carrying out their attacks to the family for burial.
The US State Department, meanwhile, cautioned Israel against what a spokesman described as overreacting, while also expressing empathy and solidarity with Israel. Strong condemnations of the attack also came from the UN Security Council and several world governments, as well as a handful of prominent civil society voices in the Arab and Moslem world.
Reactions to TA Terror Attacks Baffle Many in Israel
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai joined several members of the Joint (Arab) List in the Knesset Thursday in saying that Israel’s government and the “occupation” of the West Bank are partly to blame for the terrorist attack Wednesday in Tel Aviv. Their comments evoked a strong negative reaction by members of the governing coalition as well as on social media in Israel. In related news, several large foreign news agencies have been harshly criticized for their coverage of the attacks, including an on-screen rant by the Jerusalem correspondent for MSNBC who appeared to blame Israeli victims for being attacked by Palestinian terrorists.
Netanyahu Reassures US During Moscow Visit
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went out of his way this week to reassure Americans during his trip to Moscow that although relations between Israel and Russia were warm and improving, the US was still Israel’s main international ally. In related news, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was in Teheran this week for strategy sessions with Iranian and Syrian counterparts.
Israel Basketball League Has a New Champion
The Maccabi Rishon Lezion basketball club made history Thursday night when it defeated Hapoel Jerusalem 83-77 in the Final Four final at the Jerusalem Arena, winning the championship for the first time ever. The defeat ended Hapoel Jerusalem’s hopes for defending the title which they won for the first time ever last year.
BDS Movement Denounced by Smithsonian Chief
Dr. David Skorton, head of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, was in Israel recently to receive an honorary doctorate from the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. During his visit, he denounced efforts to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel. “The idea of academic boycotting goes against the most basic principle of academia, period,” he told The Jerusalem Post.

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