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Israeli forces, Palestinians clash near Nablus Tomb
Published Thursday 30/01/2014 (updated) 31/01/2014 16:02
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A general view of Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank City of Nablus.
(MaanImages/Rami Swidan, File)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured early Thursday during clashes near Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, locals said.

Israeli forces escorted seven buses carrying Israeli settlers to the tomb to perform Jewish rites, witnesses said.

Youths began to throw stones and empty bottles at the military forces, with Israeli soldiers firing tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the demonstrators and nearby houses.

Zaynab Ali al-Mughrabi, 65, and Adnan Khaldoun al-Umari, 13, were injured as a result of the clashes. They were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.

Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, the site was to remain under Israeli control. But the Israeli army evacuated the premises in October 2000 shortly after the start of the second intifada, or uprising, and it was immediately destroyed and burnt by the Palestinians.

The restoration of the tomb was completed recently, and following improved security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, the army allows Jewish worshipers to make monthly nocturnal pilgrimages to the site.
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1 ) Theo / Argentina
30/01/2014 11:11
If Joseph's tomb has been venerated throughout the ages by Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Muslims. The question arises why are the Arabs ''throwing stones and empty bottles''. Have they no cognisance of religious freedoms.

2 ) @ Theo-1 / USA
30/01/2014 15:07
-1- Muslims have NO concept "of religious freedoms" or tolerance Now,
- Not at ancient Jewish sites in Israel,
- Not at ancient Christian sites in Egypt,
- Not at ancient Hindu sites in Afghanistan, etc., etc.
and they did NOT have any in the recent past either, and
-2- Muslims DO Have a clear concept of Ethnic Cleansing,
that is quite evidendent in the treatment on Christians
in Iraq, Egypt, Sudan's Dafur region, etc., etc. !!!!

3 ) Think about it / USA
30/01/2014 15:13
By making it an issue of 'religious freedom', you are either ignorant of everything going on or just trying to be dishonest. Israel uses religious sites to lay claim to LAND. They then need buffer zones, a military presence, etc. All this displaces and oppresses local Palestinians. It then becomes about CONTROL- and the fact that Israel is still occupying Palestine. Those are the real lenses that show us what is really happening.
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