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Counter-Terror Officials: No Place Like Home for Passover

Staying in Israel for Passover is a lot safer than traveling to Greece, India, Turkey and Thailand, Israeli counter-terror officials advise.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 4/11/2011, 12:05 PM / Last Update: 4/11/2011, 12:11 PM

The government has issued a special advisory following the escalation of terrorist attacks from the Hamas-controlled Gaza region.

The Counter Terror Bureau stated, “Terrorist elements intend to carry out attacks on Israeli and Jewish individuals abroad ahead of, and during, the Passover holiday in the Mediterranean basin and in the Far East.”

The advisory warned that Israelis should be “highly sensitive” at tourist sites, change daily routines, avoid unexpected invitations or meetings and stay away from areas where a large number of Israelis gather.

Last week, Israelis were warned against traveling to the Sinai Peninsula and tourists were urged to return home immediately.

Jewish sites continued to be targeted around the world. Last week, a Ukrainian synagogue was attacked for the fifth time in five years, and French anti-Semites seriously wounded a 21-year-old man returning home after learning Torah at a synagogue in the southern part of the country.