Watch: Caleb's tomb vandalized with swastikas

Swastikas found on tomb of biblical figure in PA-controlled village in Samaria. 'The government must condemn this.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

The writing in the tomb
The writing in the tomb
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Those appointed by the Shomron Regional Council to manage the holy sites in Judea and Samaria were amazed to find that the tomb of biblical head of the tribe of Judah, Caleb ben Yefuneh, was vandalized by unknown persons.

Graffiti containing swastikas were found on the grave, located in the PA-controlled village of Kifl Haris in Samaria, where visitors enter several times a year to pray.

This is not the first time that vandals, apparently Palestinian Arabs, have desecrated places holy to Jews, including Joseph's tomb, the tomb of Yehoshua (Joshua) Ben-Nun, the graves of the sons of the High Priest Aaron and others, with swastikas.

"I expect wall-to-wall condemnations and a serious investigation of the matter just as is done when, G-d forbid, the holy sites of Muslims or Christians are vandalized," Shomron Council head Yossi Dagan said. “I expect the government, from the prime minister, to condemn and find a solution to the situation in which the holy sites of the Jewish people that have been preserved for thousands of years in Samaria are destroyed just as we return to our land. The Palestinian Authority cannot and does not want to defend the holy sites of Israel. The sovereign state of Israel must protect them and, if need be, return de facto sovereignty to the area.”

Next to the tomb of Kalev are those of Yehoshua Ben-Nun and Nun. The Shomron Regional Council visits the site regularly a number of times a year, accompanied by the IDF, for the benefit of the Israeli public.