Palestinians stone worshipers on way to Joseph’s tomb
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Palestinians stone worshipers on way to Joseph’s tomb

Nablus site opens briefly to Jews but clashes erupt as rocks and bullets fly

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

File: Jews at prayer in Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus as IDF soldiers stand guard. (Abir Sultan/Flash90)
File: Jews at prayer in Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus as IDF soldiers stand guard. (Abir Sultan/Flash90)

Palestinians attacked worshipers traveling to Joseph’s tomb on the outskirts of Nablus during a scheduled nighttime visit, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.

Over 1,200 people made the journey to the tomb in coordination with the IDF — a requirement since the West Bank town of Nablus is under Palestinian Authority control.

As the travelers passed close to the Balata refugee camp Palestinians began throwing rocks, and shots were also fired. IDF soldiers escorting the worshipers returned fire and used riot control methods to disperse the protesters.

An IDF soldier was lightly wounded when a rock hit him and several Palestinians were arrested during the incident. Four Israelis who tried to enter Nablus apart from the group were also arrested.

The tomb is believed to be the final resting place of Joseph, one of the twelve sons of biblical patriarch Jacob, and is considered a Jewish holy site.

The tomb has seen several violent and fatal confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis in the past.

The IDF coordinates occasional visits to the tomb, drawing hundreds of worshipers.

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