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Record Number of Jews Visit Temple Mount for Tisha B’Av

Jews on Tisha B'Av 2017 (Photo: facebook)

Despite heightened tensions that have led to violence in the past weeks, more than a thousand Jews visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem Tuesday to commemorate Tisha B’Av, setting a record for the most Jewish visitors to the site in a single day. Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning, marking the destruction of the Holy Temples on the same day in history, hundreds of years apart.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

  • A 42-year-old Jewish man was in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times by a Palestinian terrorist at an Israeli supermarket earlier this week. The 19-year-old attacker was subdued by bystanders and held until police arrested him.
  • Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined others in calling for the death penalty for a 19-year-old Palestinian man who broke into a house in the West Bank and murdered three Israelis. The attack last week came in the wake of growing tensions and violence over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
  • The Fellowship is bringing the prayers of Christian supporters and friends to the holiest site in Judaism, the Western Wall. Prayer requests can be submitted at www.ifcj.org/patw

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on why Jews still mourn the destruction of the Holy Temples.

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