Israel’s police and security forces, as well as medical teams, are fully prepared to provide security to the tens of thousands of Jews expected to visit the Ma’aras HaMachpelah in Hebron this weekend for Parshas Chayei Sarah.
The local police have already laid down their security plans for the annual event, which was canceled last year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
An estimated 30,000 people are expected to visit Hebron and attend the pilgrimage which celebrates the Jewish roots of the site on the weekend when the Parsha is read about Avraham purchasing the Ma’arah from Efron.
In a statement, the police said their role in the affair includes, responding to irregular incidents, maintaining the peace, and safeguarding and protecting the roads while directing traffic.
One common problem in the past celebrations is the traffic jams on Highways 60 and 35 leading to Hebron starting on Friday afternoon and continuing until late Motzei Shabbos.
The Commander of the Border Police at the Ma’arah, Deputy Commissioner Aviram Barzano those people who will attend the event need not worry about security since they added extra patrols, set up additional defensive positions, and lookouts to deter the terrorist groups who may want to attack.
“We give 10 ‘exceptional days’ each year to each religion, wherein members of that faith have the entirety of the Ma’arah to themselves. We know how to make this balance work.,” Barzano said.