Over 8,000 people davened at Kever Yehoshua in Shomron Tuesday night, the most ever visiting the site in many years, in honor of the yahrtzeit of Yehoshua bin Nun. The visitors were accompanied by dozens of IDF soldiers, who provided security. The event took place in the shadow of the terror attack that occurred earlier Sunday in the Barkan industrial zone, just a few kilometers down the road.
Kever Yehoshua is located in the Arab village of Kifl Harith, in central Shomron, across from the city of Ariel. Entry into the village is permitted only by special IDF permit, which is generally issued five times a year. Visitors included residents of communities across the country. There were no security incidents reported during the event.
Shomron Council head Yossi Dagan said that “a nation that remembers its leaders thousands of years later will not forget its roots or its land. We promise this – that we residents of Shomron will be here to protect the legacy of our holy places and to watch over the land for our descendants for many years to come.”
Overnight Tuesday, security officials said they arrested six wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.