IDF on Alert for 'al-Quds' Day

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JERUSALEM, Israel - IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz told troops that more demonstrations may accompany "al-Quds" Day Tuesday, the last of the three-day Naksa observance. Arabs refer to Jerusalem as "al-Quds." Naksa means "setback" and refers to Israel's capture of eastern Jerusalem and the "West Bank."

Forty-four years ago today -- on June 7, 1967 -- IDF troops defeated Jordanian forces, effectively ending the Jordanian occupation of eastern Jerusalem, as well as Judea and Samaria (West Bank.)

Israel Police also remain on high alert throughout the capital as Israelis prepare to celebrate Shavuot -- the Feast of Weeks -- from sundown Tuesday to sundown Wednesday.

On Shavuot -- the third biblical pilgrimage feast -- the Israelites came up to Jerusalem to celebrate. That commandment was reinstated in 1967 when Jerusalem came back under Israeli sovereignty. Under the Jordanian occupation, Jews were not allowed access to the Western Wall in the Old City.

Jewish tradition teaches that Moses received the Torah (the Law or the first five books of the Bible) on Shavuot. On this holiday, after praying at the Kotel (Western Wall), observant Jews gather in small groups for all night Bible studies.

Meanwhile on the northern border, IDF troops continue securing the area against further attempts to breach the security fence. The IDF held the Syrian government responsible for Sunday's border clashes while questioning Syrian claims that 24 protesters were killed. The Red Cross also said it could not confirm Syria's claims.

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