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Sun. Oct 2, 2016 News from Israel

  • IDF seals off West Bank ahead of Rosh Hashana
  • East Jerusalem members of ISIS terror cell arrested for planning attacks across Israel
  • Israeli-Arab delegation visits Shimon Peres' Shiva

As Israeli families prepare to celebrate the eve of Rosh HaShana, the Jewish new year, the IDF has completely sealed off the West Bank territories. In an unusual move, the Jerusalem police have decided not to allow Jews to enter Temple Mount, after intelligence information indicated that Islamic extremists were planning to clash with the Jewish worshipers. The closure of the West Bank will last until Tuesday at midnight, when the holiday ends.

Salman Amar, the mayor of the Druze village of Julis in the Galilee, was charged with murder on Sunday, nearly a month after shooting and killing Munir Nibwani, with whom he had had an ongoing feud. The charges claim that Nibwani had sent numerous text messages to the mayor prior to the incident, in which he demanded that he resign. On the day of the incident, he parked his car behind that of Amar and started hitting it with a club while Amar was sitting inside. The mayor then shot Nibwani and continued to shoot him even while he was lying motionless on the ground.

Six residents of East Jerusalem were arrested recently for belonging to an ISIS-inspired terror cell and planning a series of attacks against Israelis. The suspects, all from the Shu'afat refugee camp, have reportedly tried to cross the border from Jordan to Syria to join ISIS, but failed and decided instead to carry out their activity from Israel.

Israeli-Arab heads of cities and towns came on Sunday to offer their condolences to the family of Israel's former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. During their visit, they criticized the Joint Arab List Knesset party's decision not to attend Peres' funeral, and said it had been made on the party members' own behalf only and does not represent the Israeli-Arab community.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has released a video message wishing Jews around the world a happy new year.

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