1 Million Tourists visit Hebron in Record-Breaking Year

Large scale events bring the Cave of Machpela into the mainstream of Israeli consciousness.

10.1.20, 13:08
Over one million tourists visited the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron according to new figures released by the IDF Border Patrol Machpela division who are in charge of security at the ancient holy site. The amount was recorded at 1,456,953 visitors which is a 90.6% increase over 2018 and the most ever recorded.

This year 711,428 Jewish visitors entered the site, where the Biblical Matriarchs and Patriarchs are buried, a 77% increase over the previous year.

617,077 Muslims entered the site in 2019, compared with 287,693 in 2018 and 237,643 in 2017, up 114%.

126,429 tourists from different nationalities visited the place in 2019 - compared with 73,570 in 2018 and 60,101 in 2017, an increase of 71.8%.

There are separate entrances for Jewish and Muslim worshipers. The IDF and Israeli police guard the site and maintain order and crowd control. On Muslim holidays, Israeli security personnel and Israel's Magen David Adom emergency medics work hand-in-hand with Muslim medics from the Red Crescent to ensure safety on Islamic holidays such as Ramadan.

This year, large scale events such as Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah drew tens of thousands. The Succot concert and Passover concert also drew large crowds.  Other large annual events included the unprecedented visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the memorial for the 1929 Hebron massacre, the annual slichot event, the Women's Prayer Gathering, the memorial for Rebbitzin Menucha Rochel Slonim, and the French Jewish community's Yom Hevron parade.

For 700 years, the site was restricted to Muslims only, first by the Mamlukes and then by the Ottoman Empire. Jewish worshipers were restricted to the seventh step of the staircase leading to the Tomb complex. From 1948 - 1967, Jews were banned completely from the city. After the Six Day War of 1967, the Israeli authorities opened the site to all faiths.
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