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A senior priest of the tiny ancient Samaritan sect holds a Torah during the pilgrimage for the holiday of Tabernacles (Sukkot). Photo by Gali Tibbon

A senior priest of the tiny ancient Samaritan sect holds a Torah during the pilgrimage for the holiday of Tabernacles (Sukkot). Photo by Gali Tibbon

A senior priest of the tiny ancient Samaritan community, rapped in a prayer shall, holds a Tora scroll, during the pilgrimage for The Holy day of Tabernacles (Sukkot), 17 October 2005, at their most sacred site at Mount Gerizim in the northern West Bank. The Samaritan religion is based on four principles of faith, One God-The God of Israel, One Prophet-Moses Ben Amram; The belief in The TORAH-the first five books of the bible, and one holy place-Mount Gerizim. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of the Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC. The Samaritan community numbers about 600 people, half at Mount Gerizim in the West Bank and the others in Holon near Tel Aviv in Israel. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON