An Orthodox Jew weeps outside the Jerusalem home of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef , after receiving news of his death, aged 93, on Monday. The rabbi was a religious scholar and the spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic Jews, who transformed his community of immigrants from north African and Arab nations into a powerful force in Israeli politics.
Israeli soldiers in chemical warfare suits carry a dummy during a simulated chemical missile attack in the central Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, on Wednesday.
Tala Soboh, 14, poses for a photograph with her 15-year-old husband Ahmed two days after their marriage in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip. The newlyweds live in the family’s three-room home, sharing it with nine relatives. Ahmed works with his father as a road cleaner earning $5 a day.
A hot air balloon crew member works ahead of take-off during a festival during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, at the Eshkol National Park in the Negev, southern Israel. Seven balloons, operated by international crews, took part in the flyover on Tuesday.
Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron. Tensions run high in Hebron where about 500 Israelis live amid 170,000 Palestinians. Much of the animosity is over a holy site, sacred to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children carry palm branches to be used during the celebration of Sukkot, the feast of the Tabernacles, in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv. The feast of Sukkot, which starts on September 19, is a week-long holiday when people eat and sleep in makeshift booths in their gardens to commemorate the exodus of Jews from Egypt about 3,200 years ago Read more
Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, which starts at sunset on Wednesday Read more
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Israeli soldiers during a military exercise on Thursday near the border with Syria, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Tensions are rising in Israel amid international talks of a military intervention in Syria
Ethiopians kiss the ground after disembarking a plane at Ben Gurion airport, outside Tel Aviv. According to media reports, the Jewish Agency brought some 450 new immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel as part of the Wings of a Dove operation launched three years ago to bring the remaining Falash Mura Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors were forced to convert to Christianity to Israel. The Jewish Agency has brought over 7,000 immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel.
An Israeli woman carries her son and gas masks for her family outside a gas masks distribution center in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday. Large crowds of Israelis have lined up at gas mask distribution centres across the country in anticipation of a possible Syrian attack on Israel. Read more