Israelis Sneak Into Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, Attacked by Palestinians

Palestinian security forces arrested five Israelis; the remainder of the group, approximately two dozen, were extracted by the Israeli army.

Jews praying at Joseph's Tomb
Jews praying at Joseph's TombCredit: Moti Milrod

Some 30 Israelis made their way to Nablus early Sunday morning in order to pray at Joseph's Tomb. Upon arrival they were attacked by local Palestinians. One of the vehicles they came in was set ablaze.

Palestinian security forces rushed to the scene and arrested five of the Israelis, beating a few in the process, before turning them over to the Israel Police. Israeli soldiers, in coordination with the Palestinian forces on the ground, were called in and extracted the remaining Israelis.

The IDF said that the group had entered Palestinian Area A illegally without authorization. They were handed over to the police.

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch condemned the actions of the Israeli worshipers. "It is an act of madness unwanted by Jewish law." Rabinovitch added "These people are endangering their lives and us all Their actions must be condemned and action needs to be taken to prevent such dangerous acts."

On Friday, hundreds of young Palestinians gathered and threw Molotov cocktails at the Joseph's Tomb compound. When some of them broke in and began throwing flammables inside the compound, Palestinian security forces took control of the situation. When they arrived, they fired into the air and removed the rioters from the site. A team of local firemen put out the flames.

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