- Title: Israel tightens security in and around Jerusalem for Jewish New Year
- Date: 2nd October 2016
- Summary: JERUSALEM (OCTOBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) ISRAELIS AT MARKET VARIOUS ISRAELI SECURITY AT MARKET VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT MARKET PEOPLE AT FISH SHOP FISH ON DISPLAY PEOPLE AT FISH SHOP (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI RESIDENT, DAN SAGIR, SAYING: "We are here in Mahane Yehuda Market, it's the biggest market in Jerusalem, it's the eve of the Jewish holiday, the new years holiday. This is special day, because this holiday starts a series of a month of Jewish holidays called the 'Tishri Hagim', and everybody loves it. It's two days of family together and beginning of the holiday month." VARIOUS OF MAN ROASTING PEANUTS PEOPLE AT MARKET PEOPLE SITTING IN CAFE IN MARKET BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (OCTOBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) VEHICLES NEAR WEST BANK BARRIER VARIOUS OF EMPTY PATH LEADING TO CHECKPOINT SIGN READING (Arabic and English): "ENTRANCE" VARIOUS OF EMPTY PATH ISRAELI SOLDIER CHECKING VEHICLE VEHICLES IN LINE AT CHECK POINT SOLDIER CHECKING VEHICLE
- Embargoed: 17th October 2016 10:14
- Keywords: Israel Jewish New Year Jerusalem West Bank closer Bethlehem
- Location: JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
- City: JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA00152B9MBR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israelis went to the market on Sunday (October 2) for last-minute purchases as they prepared for the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown, amid tightened security and closure on the Palestinian territories.
Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish new year, will conclude at nightfall on Tuesday (October 4). Both days are marked by special prayers and scriptural readings.
Jews around the world celebrate the holiday by a special customs of eating of apples and honey, symbolising the hope that the coming year will be "sweet".
"We are here in Mahane Yehuda Market, it's the biggest market in Jerusalem, it's the eve of the Jewish holiday, the new years holiday. This is special day, because this holiday starts a series of a month of Jewish holidays called the 'Tishri Hagim', and everybody loves it. It's two days of family together and beginning of the holiday month," said Dan Sagir, one of the shoppers at the market.
The Israeli army had also imposed a full closure on Palestinian territories in the West Bank, said an announcement by the Israeli army spokesperson.
Humanitarian cases as well as various Palestinian professional groups such as doctors, medical personnel and NGO workers would be granted special permissions to enter Israel, the announcement added.
However most residents of the West Bank towns are not allowed into Israel until the end of the Jewish holiday, on October 4.
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