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Israeli forces escort hundreds of worshipers to Nablus tomb
Published Thursday 03/04/2014 (updated) 03/04/2014 11:35
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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) -- Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Israelis visited a Nablus tomb under armed guard early Thursday, Palestinian security officials said.

Over 15 buses escorted by Israeli military vehicles arrived at Joseph's Tomb overnight, with worshipers performing prayers until daybreak.

Local youths threw stones at the buses, with no reports of clashes or injuries.

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 locals.

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 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
03/04/2014 11:53
Will this cooperation continue? Can the Palestinians guarantee universal access to holy sites, as well as their protection so they will not be destroyed again? And will there ever be freedom of religion in Gaza, where under the Palestinian Authority there - Hamas - the tiny Christian population has come under attack again and again by Islamic radicals?

2 ) Yankee / US
03/04/2014 14:23
Lol cooperation? Muslims aren't even allowed access or their holy sites in Jerusalem and the West Bank. If it is anyone who is destroying the heritage of the land is is YOU extremist terrorist settlers billy boy living on stolen land.

3 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
03/04/2014 15:34
You are the most funny Brain, a real joker LOL. I was just reading "Jewish extremists vandalize Christian village in Israel". And guess what? You didn't give your comment there.

4 ) Mel / USA
03/04/2014 17:56
Don't tell me? It's the Yitzhar 'OD Yosef Chai' yeshiva-Ginsburgh-Peli mob,with Shapira-blessed"Torah Ha'Melech"manifesto's under arm,indoctrinating them with 'justification' for murdering more non-Jewish Palestinian babies,innocent children & their occupied parents(aided by ShinBet & USG)."...the growing savagery of Israeli society will be as inevitable as the severence of the state from the Jews of the world."(Yeshayahu Leibowitz 1969) Even Zionists can see Judeo-Nazism in Israel!
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