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Billy Joel wears yellow Star of David during New York concert encore

Billy Joel wore a yellow Star of David - similar to ones Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust - on his sports jacket during the encore of his monthly concert at Madison Square Garden.

Photos of the legendary singer wearing the star began appearing on Facebook shortly after his performance Monday night, Aug. 21.

Among those giving Joel accolades was his former wife, model Christie Brinkley, who was in attendance at the concert. “And on the day of the Solar Eclipse a yellow star appeared on the jacket of another kind of star with a clinched fist that seemed to be gripping painful, no excruciating, memories of loved ones who wore that star to their death,” Brinkley wrote in the caption of photo featuring Joel wearing the star on stage.

Joel’s parents are Jewish but he was not brought up with the faith. He has been described as a secular Jew and an atheist.

In June, Joel told Rolling Stone, that he tries to remain publicly apolitical. “I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think.”

Israel terror attacks sharply spike in July

Israel’s security services last month recorded 222 terrorist attacks against Israelis, the highest number in any month since December 2015.

The attacks resulted in the killing of five Israelis – two police officers shot by terrorists and three members of one family – and the wounding of seven, according to the Israel Security Agency’s monthly report for July published earlier this week. Several Palestinians also died, some while perpetrating attacks and others during clashes with security forces.

The tally for July was more than double the 94 attacks recorded in June and nearly double the average of 121 per month from January 2016 onward. The Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, recorded a total of 2,314 attacks during that period in which 33 victims died and 223 were wounded.

Last month was among the deadliest in that period in terms of terrorist attack fatalities, second only to November 2015, when terrorists murdered 10 Israelis.

The surge in July attacks owed largely to tensions and clashes connected to the Temple Mount. That month, three Arab terrorists killed the two officers before being shot dead. Israel placed metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, a compound that is holy both to Jews and Muslims. Riots ensued, leading Israel to dismantle the metal detectors two weeks after installing them.

Trump, Netanyahu to meet in NJ Sept. 17

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on Sept. 17 in New Jersey, an Israeli newspaper is reporting. It will be the third face-to-face meeting between the leaders this year.

The meeting will take place while Netanyahu is in New York for the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Israel Hayom reported. The meeting has not officially been announced by the Prime Minister’s Office or the White House,

Netanyahu reportedly will visit Argentina and Mexico, the first visit to the countries by a sitting Israeli prime minister, prior to attending the General Assembly.

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