Israelis make pilgrimage to Yaakov Abuhatzeira's tomb in Egypt

Israelis make pilgrimage

Dozens of Israelis were making an annual pilgrimage to the tomb of a 19th-century Jewish holy man in Egypt's Nile Delta. Cairo airport officials said some 290 Israelis arrived Sunday on their way to the tomb of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira near the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. The commemoration of the anniversary of his death will take place Saturday. The elderly rabbi was making his way from his native Morocco to the Holy Land in 1879 when he fell ill and died in the Egyptian city of Damanhour. Egypt has in years past limited the number of pilgrims. Israeli newspapers have said, however, that President Hosni Mubarak accepted a request from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his visit to Egypt last week to allow unlimited numbers.