Over 800 people jammed into the Arab village of Kifl Haris Thurday night, to visit the kever of Yehoshua Bin-Nun. Dozens of IDF troops were on patrol to prevent security incidents.
B’chasdei Shamayim, the evening went smoothly, with no unusual events reported. Among the visitors were Israelis of all backgrounds, visitors from abroad and second-grade students from a Talmud Torah in a town in Shomron who are studying Sefer Yehoshua in school.
The kever is located in an Arab village adjacent to the city of Ariel, but permission from security forces is required for Jews to visit it. Before the visitors arrived, security officials who were preparing the site for the visitors discovered anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on the walls of the building, along with a swastika. Volunteers cleaned up the site before the visitors arrived.
Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council, celebrated the large numbers of people who attended the event. “We are standing at the kever of the first Chief of Staff of the Jewish people,” he said. “From the deep roots we have here, we are rebuilding our presence in Shomron. This is the place to remember our rights to the land, the bravery of our leaders who did not fear to settle the entire Land of Israel.”