Israel Police Warns: “Bring Your Guns To Shul On Yom Kippur, Sukkos”

Police officers on duty during the Chagim. (Photo: Israel Police)

Like every year before the Yamim Tovim in Tishrei, there are increased warnings of terror attacks in Israel but this year there is an unprecedented number of warnings as well as reports of plans for brazen attacks on a scale unknown in the past.

On Monday alone, there were three terror attack attempts against Israeli security forces, including two in the Shomron and one incident on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

On Friday, erev Rosh Hashanah, a major terrorist bombing in a Tel Aviv park was thwarted by the police.

In a briefing on Monday morning by Maj.-Gen. Sigal Bar-Tzvi, the head of the Operations Department of Israel Police, she warned that Israelis with gun licenses should bring their weapons to shul on Yom Kippur and Sukkos.

“Like every year in preparation for the Tishrei chagim, we raised the alert level in certain areas throughout the country, with an emphasis on the cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and gathering points of tefillah and recreation,” she said.

“Every day, Israel Police holds joint discussions with other security forces, including the Shin Bet and the IDF. The increase in the number of alerts, together with the incitement to terrorism that also increased in preparation for the Tishrei chagim led us to special preparations in which thousands of police officers, security forces, and volunteers are deployed throughout the country every day in order to prevent terrorist attacks and to secure places of tefillah, places of entertainment and the public in general throughout the entire period of the chagim.”

“We call on the public who have weapons and are skilled in using them to carry their weapons during these days.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Bring Your Guns To Shul On Yom Kippur, Sukkos והמבין יבין this directive omits שמחת-תורה as obviously the Israeli police שרק concerned about drinking on שמחת-תורה despite no מצוה to be drunk on שמחת-תורה but only on פורים

  2. 147: You’re reading way too much into it. To the olom klali, Shmini Atzeretz is considered Sukkos. Launching into a Prohibitionist tirade is unnecessary.

  3. I’d be more worried about some ehrliche davener accidentally shooting the gabbai rishon while reaching across the amud to kiss the sefer during leining than some Palestinian evading the professional security outside the shul

  4. @Gadolhadorah, most shuls don’t have professional security. There aren’t enough soldiers to go around. So we carry our guns and ask for rachamim so it should stay in the holster.

  5. Gadol, are you joking or do you really have no memory of the blood that’s been spilled in Shuls in E’Y through the years? Maybe they should recruit you as a scholar in residence to speak to the families of the 7 killed at a shul shooting in Neve Yaakov earlier this year. You can bring plenty of riddles.

  6. Dorah, of course you would, because you’re an idiot and an ignoramus. That is an utterly stupid thing to worry about. We in the USA have extensive experience with armed people, since here we have a constitution protecting our fundamental human rights, and we know that this is not something that happens. We know that having armed people around is the best protection against attacks, that it deters attacks from happening in the first place and stops them when they do happen, and that the average CCW holder is far better trained and a far more accurate shot than the average policeman.

  7. GadolHadorah – you show your ignorance once again. The likelihood of a gun magically discharging for no reason whole holstered is basically 0. Especially in Israel where they don’t carry a round in the chamber.

  8. Gadolhadora – you clearly have no concept of the level of training in gun safety that is necessary in Israel to get and maintain a gun license. There are a number of Mispalelim in my Shul who regularly come to Shul with pistols, and I have zero concern of accidental discharge.

    an Israeli Yid

  9. Gadol
    I’m not going to jump on you. A brief google search.
    In 2011 accidental discharges killed 591 in the us
    A 2014 article on Bloomberg documents the not uncommon scenario of concealed carriers shooting themselves in the bathroom.
    But life is filled with risk assessment. If the Israeli police are taking this extreme step then undoubtedly the risk of carrying is outweighed by the security risk.