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Palestinian youths set fire to Nablus tomb

Oct. 16, 2015 10:26 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2015 6:53 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian youths set fire to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus overnight Friday, locals said, after throwing Molotov cocktails at the holy site.

Palestinian Authority police and fire brigades arrived at the scene and extinguished the flames. PA security forces said they would open an investigation into the incident.

The perpetrators reportedly broke into the holy site before setting it on fire.

President Mahmoud Abbas called the arson attack"irresponsible," and said the actions of the perpetrators were an abuse ofthe culture, religion and ethics of Palestinians.

He ordered the immediate repair of the site, and said an investigation will be launched into the incident.

The tomb is the site of monthly visits by Israelis, who are escorted by Israeli military forces to the area, often leading to clashes with local Palestinians.

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.
Comments
Brian Cohen / Israel
Really, Maan? "Palestinians attack and destroy Jewish Holy Site" is the correct headline. The is a brutal violation of the status quo by Palestinians, as well as being a war crime.
16/10/2015 11:13
Mel / UK
How can you be sure it was Palestinians and not Jewish atheists dressed as Palestinians(mistavarim) to incite more violence? Palestinians have protected the tomb for centuries.
16/10/2015 11:18
olivia / usa
so first u wrote frequent visits, then it's monthly. and the Oslo accords state the PA must protect and allow free access to holy sites in their control. you wish access to al aqsa do your job in nablus
16/10/2015 12:01
Khalid / Qatar
Will President Abbas be giving VIP cards to nocturnal visitors once the site is repaired?
16/10/2015 19:08
Outlier / USA
Israel should enforce a total ban on Palestinian visitors to al-Aqsa until a Palestinian-funded rebuilding of Jacob's Tomb is completed.
17/10/2015 00:35
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) And you're outraged about Palestinians violating the "status quo" and committing "war crimes" in Nablus (!) Sheesh, Brian. In light of the nightmare engulfing Palestinians in Jerusalem (and Hebron) and the palpable contempt for their rights, institutions and well-being, THAT (as they say) takes the biscuit.
18/10/2015 00:39
ian / australia (1)
"Israel should enforce a total ban on Palestinian visitors to al-Aqsa until a Palestinian-funded rebuilding of Jacob's Tomb is completed." Bingo, Outlier. Now you're thinking like an Israeli. Yes, an Arab-free Haram (which is the Zionist dream) is a foreseeable consequence of the attack, so who does that suggest might be behind it?
18/10/2015 01:39
ian / australia (1)
(contd.) (And I'd point out the qabr is stone so apart from redoing the sub-standard electrics, a scrub and a coat of paint would do the job. 500 NIS tops. After which, "Palestinian visitors", in your scenario, would be free to return. Why doesn't that sound right?)
18/10/2015 01:40
ian / australia (1)
To Brian. All fired up about the vandalising of a site you've probably never visited. (I don't picture you as a religious Jew with a black hat so you probably haven't been there in a big, armed group in buses at night and as the qabr is locked and guarded by Palestinian guards you might not be entirely comfortable asking them nicely to let you in. But I could be wrong.)
19/10/2015 11:52
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) And you're outraged about Palestinians violating the "status quo" and committing "war crimes" in Nablus (!) Mother of G-d, Brian. In light of the nightmare engulfing Palestinians in Jerusalem (and Hebron) and the palpable contempt for their rights, institutions and well-being, THAT (as they say) takes the biscuit.
19/10/2015 11:53
ian / australia (1)
I smell false flag. Palestinians revere Prophet Yusuf, guard his tomb in Nablus and protest violently when busloads of armed Jews descend on it at night. Why would they trash it to protest Israeli brutality? The attack, however, supports the ISRAELI narrative (that crazed Arabs have destroyed a JEWISH holy site) which is what has been reported
19/10/2015 11:54
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) around the world. Which seems the whole point: to brand the site Jewish, just like attempts in Jerusalem to brand the Aqsa mosque, the Temple Mount. Surely, the simple test of cui bono indicates who torched it.
19/10/2015 11:55
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