Daniella Weiss, mayor of Kedumim and one of the founders of the Gush Emunim movement, stated, “They haven’t buried us, they haven’t killed us. We will go on and we will continue to be strong.”

Hundreds of the participants on the march danced and sang. At one point, Arabs threw stones at the marchers, but no one was hurt.

The group apparently reached the area by taking routes that the IDF has not yet blocked. However, many people encountered police resistance, when Samarian police officers tried to prevent them from marching.

The Samaria regional police have so far detained 10 people, who broke into Sebastia during the march. They claim that two of those arrested tried to puncture the tires of the police cars and that two officers were lightly wounded during the scuffle. However, the marchers say that the police treated them very violently.

As the security forces are concerned that hundreds of young people will make their way to the evacuated communities of Chomesh and Sa-Nur, roadblocks have been set up in the surrounding area.

Sebastia has been officially closed since the beginning of the Oslo War five years ago. However, the IDF allowed the Samarian tourist officers to bring organized groups to the site, which was the site of one of the earliest settlements established by Gush Emunim in the early 1970s.