The IDF arrested three Palestinians in the West Bank Wednesday morning. Palestinian sources reported the men were connected to the murder of Ben-Yosef Livnat, the nephew of former minister Limor Livnat, near Joseph’s Tomb two years ago.
Israeli forces arrested Salih Hamid in Ramallah and Wael Dawood in the Qalqiliya district. Nawwaf Fahd Bani Audah was detained at his Tubas home. Some people reportedly threw rocks at the soldiers who entered the village to make the arrests.
The three worked as officers in the Palestinian Authority’s security establishment, and had recently been released from jail after serving time for Livnat’s killing, the Ma’an news agency reported.
An IDF spokesperson confirmed arrests were made, but didn’t reveal the reasons or the identities of those in custody.
Livnat and four other Israelis were shot by Palestinian security forces in April 2011, while trying to enter the compound of Joseph’s Tomb without having coordinated their visit.
Ben-Yosef was a young man who “wanted to pray and was killed in cold blood,” his aunt, Sports and Culture Minister Limor Livnat, said at the time.
Joseph’s Tomb, located near Nablus, is sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000, Israelis have been allowed at times to enter the compound, usually in an armored convoy and with a military escort.