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Israelis Celebrate Jewish New Year Amid Tight Security


Israelis are celebrating the Jewish New Year, amid tight security throughout the country.

Thousands of police have been deployed since the two-day event known as Rosh Hashanah began Friday. Security is stepped up in Jerusalem, where thousands of worshippers are expected to pray at the Western Wall, the holiest relic in Judaism.

In a statement released Thursday, President Bush sent his greetings to those celebrating the holiday around the globe. It is the start of a ten-day period of reflection that culminates with Yom Kippur, a day of atonement.

Mr. Bush said Rosh Hashanah is considered a time to reflect on the past, celebrate the beginning of life and welcome the promise of a future filled with renewal and hope.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.