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1,000 settlers visit Salfit village tombs

June 17, 2011 4:07 P.M. (Updated: June 17, 2011 5:50 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- A thousand Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli military patrols entered northern West Bank village Kifl Haris overnight Thursday, villagers said.

Checkpoints were installed at all village entrances and soldiers manned the roads, as the settler group came to pray at sites revered by both Muslims and Jews, a local center said in a statement.

Settler news site Arutz Sheva reported that the settlers and army spent five hours in the Salfit-area village, which houses tombs believed to contain Joshua and Caleb, historical Jewish figures, and is surrounded by illegal settlements of Ariel, Revava and Immanue'l.

On another mass settler visit to Kifl Haris in April, to mark the anniversary of Joshua's death, an Orthodox Jewish man was hounded by settler crowds shouting "don't buy in Arab shops" after he purchased a nargila pipe from a Palestinian, Israeli news site reported.

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