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Barak okays MK daylight visit to Joseph's Tomb

May 18, 2011 7:20 P.M. (Updated: May 19, 2011 2:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday approved a petition by right-wing members of Knesset to allow MKs to visit Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus during daylight hours.

The Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported that 20 MKs, most of them rightists, are scheduled to visit Joseph’s Tomb under protection of Israeli forces during daylight hours.

The visit will be the first of its kind since the Palestinian Authority took control of the area 10 years ago.

Barak approved the visit after pressure by the ultra-Orthodox following an incident in which PA officers opened fire at Jewish worshippers, who came to visit the site without coordination, killing one of them.

Visits to Joseph’s Tomb have been made over the past decade during night hours and after coordination with the Palestinians.

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