IDF protects Jews’ visit to graves of biblical Elazar and Itamar in Shechem

Hundreds of worshipers accompanied by IDF troops enter Shechem to pray at the grave sites of biblical figures Elazar and Itamar, near Shechem (Nablus).

By: World Israel News Staff

Some 400 Israelis on Tuesday night visited the biblical-era graves of Elazar and Itamar, situated in the town of Awarta, near Shechem (Nablus), Arutz 7 reported.

Elazar and Itamar were the sons of Aharon, the High Priest when the Israelites wandered in the Sinai Desert prior to their entry into the Holy Land.

According to Jewish tradition, the first day of the Jewish month of Av is the anniversary of Aharon’s death.

The worshipers’ visit was heavily secured by IDF troops, as the site is situated within an area under Palestinian Authority control.

Samaria Brigade Regional Defense Officer Major Shlomi Cohen commented, “It’s not often that there is a secured trip to the graves of Elazar and Itamar. Tonight, the visit to Awarta was accompanied by IDF forces, in order to allow organized prayer at the site.”

“Entry to the graves of righteous people is done in a concentrated fashion and is possible through organized coordination with the brigade. This time as well, brigade forces acted in order to ensure order at the site and to ensure the visitors’ safety,” he added.

“The prayers ended successfully and safely. The IDF will continue to do all it can in order to continue ensuring the security of both the residents and the region,” he concluded.