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Vandalism at Joshua's altar at Mount Ebal on January 4, 2024

Joshua's Altar Vandalized by Palestinian Authority Arabs

The “The Forum for the Struggle for Every Dunam” visited the Biblical Altar of Joshua on Mt. Ebal and found that over the past few days, the altar has been vandalized by residents of nearby villages in the Palestinian Authority, who burned tires at the site and spray painted Arabic graffiti and a Palestinian Authority flag on the altar.

Following the vandalism, the forum announced that they would hold a dawn prayer service at the site of the altar to increase Jewish presence there, in memory of Captain (res.) Harel Sharvit, of blessed memory, who was killed in action in Gaza and was one of the most active individuals in establishing the Jewish presence there.

“The grave incident that took place this week is a direct result of the lack of Jewish presence on this hill. Ever since the Civil Administration decided to completely demolish the Jewish farm on the mountain three years ago, we have seen a string of incidents of vandalism of the altar, a massive takeover by the Palestinian Authority, and several irreversible actions taken in the area,” the Forum stated.

“Today, it is clearer than ever that only the fixed Jewish presence of a farm or town will guarantee there is really control over the site, and prevent further damage or destruction of the altar.” (INN / VFI News)

“Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the Israelites.” - Joshua 8:30-31a