Hundreds of settlers break into Yussef’s Tomb performing Talmudic rituals
NABLUSShchem, (PIC)– Hundreds of Jewish settlers broke into Yussef’s Tomb to the east of Nablus in West bank last night to perform Talmudic rituals under IOF protection.
Eyewitnesses said that 15 military vehicles stormed the eastern part of Nablus, and headed towards Yussef’s tomb to secure the entry of buses and cars carrying hundreds of Jewish settlers who came to perform religious Talmudic rituals.
The sources affirmed that the occupation forces fired stun grenades and tear gas against Palestinian houses in the area. They continued in their rituals till the morning hours, using loudspeakers and loud music during their prayers, caused great nuisance to the residents who threw stones and empty bottles as a response to their provocation.
It should be noted that the Israeli settlers have repeatedly stormed the Tomb which was an Islamic mosque built over a tomb of an Islamic Sheikh named Youssef Dweikat from the town of Balata. It was seized by Israeli settlers just after the occupation of the West Bank in 1967 under the pretext that it contains Tomb of Prophet Youssef.
a) "Talmudic rituals" is an anti-Semitic buzz phrase. Jewish ritual practices stem from the Bible.
b) that Joseph's tomb is in Shchem predates Arab arrival in the country.
c) the Oslo Accords recognized Jewish holy site status of the building in detailing arrangements regarding the Tomb in Article V(2b) of Annex I, which were designed “to ensure free, unimpeded and secure access” to the site.