Thousands of Israelis showed up at Yosef Hatzadik’s tomb early on Wednesday morning to observe the Yesod Sheb’Yesod, known as the Day of Yosef, one year after it was set ablaze by Palestinian terrorists.
The number of visitors to the tomb was at its highest since before the coronavirus.
The IDF provided security for the event, which the Shomron Regional Council planned.
Visitors included Rabbi Shalom Arush, Elad mayor Yisrael Porush, Police Chief Rabbi Rami Berechyahu, and Yitzhar Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi David Dudkewitz, in addition to Shas MKs Erez Malul and Avraham Betzalel.
“We came here, a large group, to pray at this holy place and to tell the government that the situation in which Jews come here in the middle of the night cannot continue,” Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan stated.
This is one of the holiest places for Jews, and even under the terrible and cruel Olso accords, the site and the road leading to it are meant to stay entirely under Israeli authority.
We anticipate the government to act bravely and restore the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva to the location, together with IDF soldiers who will constantly care for the area.
We must fly the Israeli flag here to show everyone, including our adversaries, that we are not frightened.
We identify with Yosef, who could forgive and unite all of Israel at a time when some people were attempting to sow discord and polarization inside the country.
The MKs also spoke at the event, thanking Dagan for all his efforts in keeping the tomb clean and managing visitors.
עם ישראל חי !!!!!!
קבר יוסף הצדיק בשכם שלוש וחצי לפנות בוקר ! pic.twitter.com/ORLTvaqV7Q
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