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India issues terrorist alert to Jewish and Israeli travelers on Yom Kippur – Diaspora

Bullet mark on Chabad Mumbai chapter attacked by gunmen on November 17, 2009

Mumbai Chabad Attack 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)

According to a Channel 12 report on Friday, Israeli security services are working with their Indian counterparts to prevent any potential attack during the Jewish holiday period, which recently began with Rosh Hashanah (the new Jewish year) and goes until the last day of Sukkot on October 21st.

Specifically, Indian officials warned of a high level of threat during the next Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kipur, which begins late on Tuesday.

In late September, intelligence agencies in India warned of possible acts of terror against Jewish and Israeli communities in India during the holidays, citing al-Qaeda and other Islamic State affiliated cells (ISIS) as likely. attackers, according to a report by the India Times.

"Al-Qaeda and IS-affiliated terrorist cells are seeking to mount attacks on Israeli targets around the world. In view of this, possible targets in India may include the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, synagogues, Jewish schools, restaurants and hotels frequented by Israelis. citizens of Delhi and other cities, "according to the September intelligence alert.

Sources said terrorist organizations were desperate to carry out attacks on Israelis living in the country after Israel backed India by repealing Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status.

Warnings like these ring a frightening bell of familiarity to many Israelis, both from the memory of the 1973 Yom Kippur War – during which Israel was hit by a surprise attack on Yom Kippur, starting a war that caused more Israeli casualties than any other. war – and through the most recent memory of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which cost the lives of 166 people, six of them Israelis.

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