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Samaritan High Priest Visits Sect Members in Israel

Amram, high priest of the Samaritan sect, arrived in Israel today for a ten-day visit with members of his community who live in the Jewish State.

The high priest came from Nablus, in Jordan territory, which is his seat. There are some 270 members in the sect, throughout the world, and 180 of them live in Israel. Most of the remainder are in Jordan territory. The separation between the two communities has weakened the high priest’s bonds with the Israeli community.

During his stay in Israel, Amram will reside with his friend Itzhak Ben Zvi, former chairman of the Jewish National Council of the Mandatory regime, which was replaced by the Knesset after the Jewish State was established.