Close to 100 Jewish Israelis visited the Palestinian town of Awarta last week, southeast of Nablus, in the northern West Bank.
The visit was for the annual pilgrimage to the tombstones of Itamar and Eleazar, the two sons of Aharon Hacohen, brother of Moshe, located in the center of the town.
The Palestinian National Authority agreed to ensure free access to these sites as specified in the 1995 Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
But due to the uncertain security situation, the Israel Defense Force limits visits by Jews to two annual one-night visits – the beginning of the month of Av and the 5th of Shevat.
The visitors this year were treated with a warm cholent dish, courtesy of the Chasdei Yosef soup kitchen in Jerusalem, directed by Lubavitcher Yossi Kirshevsky.