Ran Erez, chairman of the Teacher's Association chairman Ran Erez voiced his support for students to visit the city of Hebron on class field trips. Erez published a letter Wednesday supporting Education Minister Gideon Saar in his effort to have every Israeli child visit the ancient Jewish holy sites in the city, In a letter he stated, "I do not understand the eagerness of certain teachers who politicians, totally reject students tours of sacred places."
Hebron is mostly controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The Jewish quarter and the Cave of Machpelach are under Israeli jurisdiction. The giant cave complex was build by King Herod the Greta and houses the tombs of the Biblical patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish people.