Thousands of Jewish pilgrims flocked to the Tomb of Joseph in Nablus (Shchem) in Samaria (northern West Bank), heavily escorted by security forces with the intention of praying there, a right stipulated in the Oslo Accords; but they were attacked by Palestinian protesters.
The Palestinians threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) vehicle that was charged with crowd dispersal, the military spokesman said.
Inside the Tomb, the soldiers discovered two explosive devices, which were neutralized by the IDF bomb squad.
No injuries were recorded and a Palestinian involved in the attacks against Israeli troops was arrested and was taken for questioning.
Joseph’s Tomb is located in Area A of the West Bank, officially under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, but the Israeli army conducts its security duties at will. The IDF has prohibited Israeli citizens from entering Area A without prior authorization.
The tomb was and badly damaged in Oct. 7th, 2000 and set on fire on Oct. 16th, 2015
In the 2000s, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat attempted to turn the tomb into a mosque and the dome was painted green. Only under intense U.S. and international pressure was it repainted white.
The site is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims and has often become a point of sectarian violence. Jewish pilgrims are usually allowed to visit the tomb once a month, and must do so under strong military custody. During these visits, they are often attacked by Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails