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IDF Force Cleans Up Elazar HaCohen’s Tomb, Attacked

The IDF took quick action to undo the damage wrought by vandals at a Jewish holy site in Samaria Monday.

Monday afternoon, a report was received that the Tomb of Elazar HaCohen had been vandalized by unknown persons from the village of Awarta, which surrounds the tomb. Elazar was one of the sons of Aharon (Aaron) HaCohen, brother of Moses.

The desecration was discovered by members of the Breslover hassidic stream Monday morning. The graffiti on the tomb includes calls for the release of the murderers of the Fogel family in Itamar, who came from Awarta, and a drawing of a missile launcher.

As IDF soldiers left the village, Arabs threw firebombs at them. Soldiers responded with riot dispersal gear. IDF sources told Arutz Sheva that this kind of disproportionately mild response to life-threatening attacks is largely due to the control that the left-wing Israeli legal system currently exercises over what soldiers may or may not do in life-threatening situations.

An IDF force found a knife with a 20-cm. (8 inch) blade on an Arab in the course of a check at a checkpoint near Azoun, east of Kfar Saba. The Arab was taken to interrogation and the knife was confiscated.

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