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      Events to Take Place as Scheduled in Itamar, Susya

      Despite the threat of rain, planned Yom Ha'atzma'ut events will take place in both Itamar and the Hevron Hills as scheduled
      By David Lev
      First Publish: 4/16/2013, 4:45 AM

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      Rain is expected on Tuesday, Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Independence Day), and a number of major events that were to take place outside are being cancelled. That is not the case in both Itamar and the Hevron Hills; planned Yom Ha'atzma'ut events will take place there as scheduled, officials said.

      Aryeh Goldberg, director of the Itamar Yeshiva, where some of the local events are to be held, said that the yeshiva “invites everyone to come and enjoy a day in Itamar, to visit the yeshiva, and to be impressed by what we have done here.” The events are scheduled to take place between 10 AM and 3 PM.

      Events will take place as scheduled in the Hevron Hills area as well. For the first time, the reconstructed Mishnaic-era village at Susya will be open for free to the public. In the Devorah camping area of the Yattir Forest, a family-oriented “happening” with activities for kids of all ages will take place.

      In contrast, the IDF has cancelled what was set to be its biggest Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Independence Day) event ever in Samaria – because of the threat of rain. Speaking to Arutz 7, David Tzur, director of the Shomron Community Center, said that he understood the disappointment of thousands who planned to come, but there was no alternative. “Not many things can beat the IDF and the residents of Samaria, but apparently the weather can,” he said. “We do not want anyone to be endangered” because of the weather.