Photo Credit: Yitshak Schlissel/TPS
IDF soldiers watch over worshipers at the tombs of Joshua and Caleb, at Timnath-heres near Ari'el. Ari'el, May 2, 2019.

Some 600 Israeli worshipers on Sunday night visited the tomb of Joshua Bin-Nun and Kalev Ben Yefune, located in the Arab village of Kafel Harath, near the city of Ariel.

The entry, which was coordinated with the IDF, occurs several times a year. The prayers take place only during the night and under heavy security provided by the Israeli forces.


Prior to the worshipers’ visit, IDF forces securing the area discovered that vandals had spray-painted the ancient tombs with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans. The offensive vandalism was quickly removed by the troops.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, who was among the worshipers, called on the government to find inspiration and learn from Joshua Bin-Nun, “the first military commander and chief of staff who conquered the land, to settle and build all of Israel. “


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Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.