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Israeli soldier injured in clashes at Nablus tomb

Sept. 21, 2015 10:16 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2015 8:19 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli soldier sustained injuries overnight as clashes broke out during a visit to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, Israel's army said.

Around 60 Palestinians hurled rocks, Molotov cocktails, and rolled burning tires at a group of Israelis visiting the site under armed guard, an army spokesperson said.

Israeli media reported that up to 2,000 Israelis took part in the visit.

Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, the site was to remain under Israeli control. But the Israeli army evacuated the premises in October 2000 shortly after the start of the Second Intifada, and it was immediately damaged and burnt by Palestinians.

Following security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli army allows Jewish worshipers to make monthly nocturnal pilgrimages to the site.

Joseph's Tomb is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians and Samaritans.
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As there was no historic bondage in Egypt, therefore no Exodus, no sojourn in the wilderness, no revelation on Sinai and no Moses to bring the (non-existent) bones of Joseph back to Canaan, what are 2,000 Israelis doing in the middle of the night in Nablus? They could as easily celebrate
21/09/2015 23:44
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