World: Shiloh: An Obstacle to Peace

According to the Book of Joshua, the Lord was pleased when the Israelites assembled at Shiloh, 25 miles north of Jerusalem in the brown-green Samarian hills, to erect a tabernacle in his honor. Today, eight devout Orthodox Jewish families, huddled in mobile homes near the archaeological ruins of biblical Shiloh (pronounced Shelow), are certain the Lord is pleased that his people have reestablished a settlement on the site. Almost no one else is. Shiloh is the newest of four illegal settlements in the West Bank created and populated by Gush Emunim (Group of the Faithful), a nationalistic religious group that believes...

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