Unauthorized Visit to West Bank Holy Site Ends in Violence for Ultra-Orthodox

Troops had to extricate Hasids after Palestinians threw stones at their bus en route to predawn visit to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Israeli teen lightly injured in incident.

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Israeli troops had to extricate a group of about 60 Breslau Hasidim after Palestinians hurled rocks at their bus as they made an unauthorized visit to the site of Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank.

A 17-year-old Israeli was lightly wounded by a rock.

Police detained about half the group for questioning, after removing them from the scene.

The Hasids' lawyer, far-right activist Itamar Ben Gvir, said in response that "he regrets that the police detained them. When radical leftists go into Ramallah, no one stops them. Strange that when a group of Breslau Hasidim do so the police discriminates against them."

The tomb, a site where many Orthodox Jews believe the biblical figure of Joseph is buried, is located inside the largest Palestinian city of Nablus. It has been a frequent flashpoint of violence when Israelis visit the area.