An attack of vandals did not deter mispallellim from lighting a large menorah on top of Kever Yosef in Shechem to mark the sixth night of Chanukah, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.
When visitors arrived at the kever late Sunday night, they discovered that vandals had cut the electricity and broken the lights.
“It was painful to see [the vandalism], particularly on Chanukah,” said acting head of the Shomron Regional Council Yossi Dagan.
There were some 1,500 visitors at the kever, including the family of Ben-Yosef Livnat, Hy”d, who was shot and killed three years ago after a pre-dawn visit. He was the nephew of retired Likud Minister Limor Livnat.
Although all returned unharmed, a number of minor clashes broke out in the city between Palestinians and the IDF during the visit.
For security reasons, the IDF permits mispallelim access to the site only once a month, and in the middle of the night, with a military escort.