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Ancient Samaritan community pray

Location: Mount Gerizim, Israel
June 12, 2011

A priest of the ancient Samaritan community, wrapped in a prayer shawl, holds up a Tora scroll as worshippers pray during the end of the holy day of Shavuot at the religion’s holiest site on Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, early Sunday, June 12, 2011. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered the area in the 8th century B.C. Of the small community of close to 700 people, half live in a village at Mount Gerizim, and the rest in the city of Holon near Tel Aviv.

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
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