Revelers in Hebron mark cave’s landmark status


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands gathered at the Cave of the Patriarchs to celebrate its inclusion on the national heritage list.

Approximately 20,000 people, including lawmakers, participated in Thursday’s celebration, according to reports.

"We love Tel Aviv, it’s 101 years old, but Jerusalem is 3,000 years old and Hebron is 4,000," Tzipi Hotovely of the Likud Party said.

"Nothing will move us from Hebron, not even ‘Hussein Obama,’ " said Likud lawmaker Ayoob Kara. "The people of Israel will continue to settle the entire land of Israel."

A bus traveling to the celebration was hit by stones thrown by Palestinian teenagers when it accidentally entered an Arab neighborhood, according to reports. One passenger was injured and several others suffered shock. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement last month that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem would be added to the list of national heritage sites sparked protests by Palestinians. 

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