IDF vows to repair Joseph’s Tomb, catch arsonists who burned it

Palestinian officials reportedly tell their Israeli counterparts — in a phone conversation this morning — that they will repair the damage caused to the Joseph’s Tomb shrine outside Nablus after Palestinian rioters set the site ablaze last night.

The IDF now also says it will make the necessary repairs in order to allow worshipers to continue visiting the holy site.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, IDF spokesman: “The burning and desecration of Joseph’s Tomb last night is a blatant violation and contradiction of the basic value of freedom of worship. The IDF will take all measures to bring the perpetrators of this despicable act to justice, restore the site to its previous condition and ensure that freedom of worship returns to Joseph’s Tomb.”

— Judah Ari Gross

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