IDF Shuts Crossings for Purim

Embed from Getty Images

As the Jewish people prepare to celebrate Purim – the most joyous Jewish holiday – later this week, the Israeli military is taking measures to keep the Israeli people safe and secure. The Jerusalem Post’s Anna Ahronheim reports that the IDF is imposing a four-day closure on the West Bank and Gaza during the festival:

The army usually imposes a closure on the West Bank prior to all major Jewish holidays. Closures have not historically been imposed over Purim, however, this is the third year in a row for a Purim closure.

An uptick in tensions and violence have often occurred during holidays. Several terrorist attacks have been launched during Purim, including a deadly suicide bombing in 1996, in which a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Center and killed 13 Israelis, including five children, and wounded 130 more.

In 2015, Israel’s Shin Bet security service broke up a Hamas cell that was planning terrorist attacks against IDF targets in Abu Dis near Jerusalem on Purim…

Tags: Holidays IDF

More From Stand For Israel

Stand For Israel

A Miracle: Gaza Missile Barely Misses Israeli Students

If the rocket that hit a southern Israeli religious school had landed a few meters over or a few minutes earlier, the devastation could have been catastrophic.

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Continue Wholeheartedly in Your Way

Female trainees in the Israeli Navy march in the Holy Land, servants of our Heavenly Father.

Stand For Israel

Israeli Air Force Strikes Terror Targets in Gaza

The Israeli Air Force struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning in response to a missile being launched into southern Israel.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed about issues affecting Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish-Christian relations, receive daily devotionals, and more.