Israeli Students to Visit West Bank City of Shiloh on School Trips, Education Minister Says

Gideon Sa'ar announced program for pupils to visit Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron to get to know 'historic roots' of state of Israel in February; site of ancient city of Shiloh is latest addition to program.

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar announced Tuesday that the West Bank site of Shiloh will be added to a list of sites Israeli school students visit as part of a program to get to know “the historic roots of the State of Israel in the Land of Israel.”

Speaking at Shiloh, Sa’ar said the initiative was “the continuation of our line to provide  the younger generation with access to our historic roots.”

Gideon Sa'ar - Tomer Appelbaum
Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar on a tour of the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Tomer Appelbaum

“I am happy that already today groups of students are arriving here, but with god’s help more will come."

Speaking about the settlement at the site of the ancient  city of Shiloh, Sa'ar adde, "It is good to come to the settlement. It is good to see the settlement flourishing.”

“Jews will always be in Shiloh,” the education minister said. “We should not delude the Arabs that one day there will be no Jews here. Jews will always be here, and any other illusion will bring obstacles on the road to peace.”

Referring to why he sees the visits as important, Sa'ar said, “There is no reason to hide the roots that reveal the truth. Torah and history studies have to be carried out through activity, and through seeing, and not just in the classroom.”

In February, the Education Ministry announced plans for a new program, which began this academic year, for Israeli students to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

The ministry called the program "experimental" at the time, but also said that Sa'ar "sees great significance in getting to know the historic roots of the State of Israel in the Land of Israel."