Passover marked in Mount Gerizim, Palestine

xinhuanet.com 07-May-2012

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Members of the ancient Samaritan community slaughter sheeps during a traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus on May 4, 2012. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of the Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC. The small community numbers, about 700 people, observe religious practices similar to those of Judaism. (Xinhua/Chen Xu)


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Members of the ancient Samaritan community sprinkle salt on the lambs during a traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus on May 4, 2012. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of the Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC. The small community numbers, about 700 people, observe religious practices similar to those of Judaism. (Xinhua/Chen Xu)

 

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Members of the ancient Samaritan community cover the oven with mud during a traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus on May 4, 2012. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of the Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC. The small community numbers, about 700 people, observe religious practices similar to those of Judaism. (Xinhua/Chen Xu)

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Members of the ancient Samaritan community slaughter sheeps during a traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus on May 4, 2012. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of the Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC. The small community numbers, about 700 people, observe religious practices similar to those of Judaism. (Xinhua/Chen Xu)

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Members of the ancient Samaritan community prepare to put the lambs into an oven during a traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus on May 4, 2012. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of the Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC. The small community numbers, about 700 people, observe religious practices similar to those of Judaism. (Xinhua/Chen Xu)