Mideast: Joshua feast, Palestinian village invaded by Jews

Tombs draw record crowd to West Bank village

18 April, 15:52

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays in the Tomb of Joshua Ben Nun in the small Palestinian village of Kifl Hares Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays in the Tomb of Joshua Ben Nun in the small Palestinian village of Kifl Hares

(ANSAmed) - KIFL-HARES (WEST BANK) - Four to ten thousand religious Jews entered the small Palestinian village of Kifl Hares (northern West Bank) last night, protected by the Israeli army, to pray at the three old tombs they venerate. According to the Jews, they are the graves of Nun, of his son Joshua (who followed in the footsteps of Moses to lead the Jewish people to the land of Canaan) and a companion of Joshua, Caleb Ben Yefune'. The religious ceremony (organised on the date Joshua died) proceeded without incidents. According to the settlers' radio Channel 7, the ceremony was the most crowded in the past years in the West Bank. It was chaired by Interior Minister Ely Yshai (Shas).

In the eyes of the inhabitants of Kifl Hares, the visitors from Israel have in reality prayed on the tombs of Arab figures (Dhul Kifel, Dhul Nun), whose lives date back to the times of Saladin. According to the Palestinian mayor, Ahmed Bouzia, the tomb in which the Jews believe Joshua is buried is in fact the final resting place of his great-great-grandfather. ''But I don't mind them praying to him'', he added. (ANSAmed).

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