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Hundreds of settlers escorted to Joseph's Tomb near Nablus
Published Tuesday 03/12/2013 (updated) 04/12/2013 13:56
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli troops arrived at Joseph's Tomb near Balata refugee camp east of Nablus early Tuesday morning.

Local sources told a Ma'an reporter that ten Israeli military vehicles escorted dozens of settlers' buses to visit the site at dawn in northern West Bank.

Settlers performed religious rites throughout the early morning hours.

While the settlers visited the site, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in the area hurling stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers.

No casualties were reported.

Israeli settlers frequently visit Joseph's Tomb under the protection of Israeli forces, who regularly raid local Palestinian villages and fire tear gas into the neighboring Balata refugee camp during these visits.

Despite lying in an area under Palestinian authority deep in the West Bank, Israeli forces maintain control at the site and prohibit Muslims from praying there.

Palestinians believe that Joseph's Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yusef Dweikat, a local religious figure. Others believe that the tomb belongs to the Biblical patriarch Joseph. The area is sacred to Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Muslims alike.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Rene / US
03/12/2013 11:03
There will be no reward for them.

2 ) Tani / US
03/12/2013 15:24
These non semetic squatters have no place here!

3 ) Outlier / USA
03/12/2013 20:42
Those who consider this situation wrong may also want to consider that elimination of such visits would almost certainly result in elimination of visits by Muslims to Al Aqsa. Fair is fair.

4 ) ian / australia
06/12/2013 02:01
#3 Cripes, Outlier, that's a garbled one. How are Palestinians remotely in a position to "eliminate" any kind of Israeli activity in the occupied WB? And even if they could stop Jews (and their military escorts) from visiting the Nablus tomb, would Israel really court universal obloquy by banning Muslims from the Aqsa mosque? And is "fair" really the word for that act of petty revenge? And beyond some kind of cheap, barely coherent threat, does your post mean anything?
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