Two Jews were shot dead as they tried to reach a West Bank shrine

Israeli security forces said Monday morning that two Jews had been shot dead as they tried to reach Joseph’s tomb near the West Bank city of Naples.

Two men, part of Bradslav Hasitic The community generally sought to go to the shrine without coordinating with the military, which oversees the attendance of Jewish worshipers.

The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately known. The military said they went through an unmanned roadblock at the entrance to Nablus.

The incident comes a day after Palestinians vandalized and set fire to parts of the temple, which drew widespread condemnation in Israel.

According to Channel 12 news, the two have said they want to help restore the temple.

After the shooting, the men and their crew were able to reach the IDF checkpoint near the shrine, where they were given first aid and taken to Beilinson Hospital in Betta Dikwa, the military said.

Both sustained minor and moderate injuries and the IDF is investigating the circumstances of their injuries.

Overnight on Sunday, about 100 Palestinians entered the base, rioted, smashed and set fire to items inside, before they were dispersed by Palestinian security forces, IDF spokesman Brig. General Ron Kochav said.

Pictures on social media showed parts of the tomb inside the shrine being smashed and burned.

Joseph Cemetery, Damaged by Riots, April 10, 2022 (Courtesy)

Clashes broke out between Palestinian gunmen and IDF soldiers at the Balata refugee camp in the Jenin area.

Dozens of Palestinians stormed the site and smashed objects inside. The tomb is worshiped by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, and has often been a hotbed of violence.

Some Jews believe that the biblical Joseph was buried in the tomb, while Muslims claim that a shaikh was buried there. In conjunction with the Palestinian Security Forces, the military takes Jewish worshipers to the site several times a year.

Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett on Sunday condemned the damage to Joseph’s tomb overnight, saying he was shocked by the damage to the shrine.

“Palestinians destroyed Joseph’s grave at night. Dozens of Palestinian insurgents have simply violated our sanctuary as Jews in the campaign of annihilation, ”Bennett said at the start of the cabinet meeting.

“They broke into the graveyard and set fire to the rooms on the premises – I was shocked to see the pictures,” he said.

“In a place sacred to us – on Easter Day – we will not pursue such an attack – we will come to the rioters,” he said. “Of course we will make sure to rebuild what they destroyed as we always do.”

Defense Minister Benny Kants called the sabotage a “serious incident” and sent a “strong message” to the Palestinian Authority. Kantz said Israel would act quickly to “ensure the site is updated and quickly restored to its original state”.

Penny Kants (right) and Yair Lapid on the Net on November 18, 2019. (Hadas Barush / Flash 90)

Joseph’s grave is located in part A of the West Bank, which is officially under the control of the full Palestinian Authority, although the Israeli military operates there. The IDF prohibits Israeli citizens from entering Area A without prior permission.

Jewish pilgrims will be allowed to visit the cemetery only once a month in heavy armed custody. During these visits, Palestinians usually throw rocks at troops, and sometimes attack with Molotov cocktails and guns.

This temple was burnt down in the past.

The attack took place overnight during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan – mostly in Israel and the West Bank.

Israel has seen four deadly terrorist attacks in recent weeks and has intensified security operations in retaliation, as well as several raids on the West Bank.

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