Tens of thousands of people started making their way to Hevron, Friday morning, ahead of Shabbat Haye Sarah, the Torah portion (Genesis 23-25:18) which starts with the story of patriarch Abraham purchasing what came to be known as Me'arat Hamachpelah (Cave of the Patriarchs) as a burial place for matriarch Sarah. Abraham would be buried there too, as would ancestors, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah.
The Israel Defense Forces and police are deployed in a reinforced manner to provide security for the visitors - including government ministers, Knesset members and other public figures - and avoid unusual incidents. Spokesman No'am Arnon of the Hevron Jewish community said Jewish residents were also mobilized to provide hospitality. He said the community hopes to host 100,000 as soon as it gets permission to build.