At the beginning of the month, the Civil Administration inaugurated the Mount Gerizim site situated near Nablus, in cooperation with the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria and Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
Date: 19.07.12 Author: Civil Administration
Mount Gerizim is located south of Nablus and stretches across an area of approximately 400 Dunam. It contains the remnants of the Hellenistic city, and the Byzantine church and complex.
It’s a holy site sacred for the Samaritan congregation, because Mount Gerizim symbolizes for them the Samaritan “Temple Mount” – The ancient location of the Jewish Holy Temple, the place where Akedát Yitzḥák (The Binding of Issac) took place and the place where the 12 stones were brought to. The Samaritan temple stands at the mount and congregation members make pilgrimage to it 3 times a year, during the holidays of Pessach (Jewish Passover), Shavuoth and Succoth (The Feast of Tabernacles).
On Thursday, July 5th 2012, the inauguration ceremony of the “Mount Gerizim” site took place, with the cooperation of Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Civil Administration. The ceremony was held with the presence of the Head of the Civil Administration, Brigadier General Motti Almoz, the Minister of Environmental Protection, Gilad Erdan, the Director General of Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Shaul Goldstein, the Head of the Shomron Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, the priests of the Samaritan congregation and other dignitaries. The compound has been renovated and rehabilitated and opened for the broad public.