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Jordan shutters gravesite where Jewish pilgrims prayed

(JTA) – Jordan’s religion minister, Abed al Nasr abu Bassel, ordered a gravesite holy to Jews closed following prayers there. The closure Friday, August 2, of the presumed gravesite of Aharon the Cohen, a biblical figure who according to the Torah had acted as an aide and spokesperson to Moses, followed a mass prayer there earlier this week by 500 pilgrims from Israel at the gravesite, located about 100 miles north of Eilat. A statement by the ministry called the pilgrimage “illegal” and stated that the Jordanians responsible for allowing pilgrims access to the site will be “held accountable,” Ynet reported Friday.

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