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Arabs (Again) Torch Joseph’s Tomb

Once again the Arabs have torched Joseph's Tomb, even though Joseph is considered a prophet in Islam.
The body of a Jewish worshipper, covered in a blood-stained tallis, lies on the ground. Palestinian Arabs shot and killed one Israeli and wounded two others  near Joseph's Tomb, a Jewish holy site inside the city of Nablus. April 24, 2011.

The body of a Jewish worshipper, covered in a blood-stained tallis, lies on the ground. Palestinian Arabs shot and killed one Israeli and wounded two others near Joseph's Tomb, a Jewish holy site inside the city of Nablus. April 24, 2011.
Photo Credit: Moshe Shai/flash90

Joseph’s Tomb, which is located in Nablus, a Palestinian Arab-controlled town, was torched over Shabbat. The Hebrew name of the town is Shechem. According to the Book of Joshua, 24:32, “The bones of Joseph which the children of Israel brought up from Egypt were buried in Shechem in the portion of the field that had been purchased by Jacob.”

This is only the latest torching of Joseph’s Tomb by Arabs, even though Joseph is a prophet, according to Islam.

After the 1967 Six Day War, Israel regained access to the site of the Tomb, and in the 1980′s a Jewish seminary was built there. A small military outpost was also placed at the site, in order to protect the Jewish students. But following the Oslo Accords, the surrounding area was handed over to the Palestinian Arabs, while Israel retained authority over Joseph’s Tomb.

When fighting broke out between Israelis and Arabs in the area in October, 2000, six Arabs and one Jew were killed in a battle which took place at the Tomb. Israel then agreed to withdraw from the area and handed over control to the Palestinian Arabs who were expected to guard it. Instead, when the hand-off took place, on October 7, the Arab police watched as their people destroyed the Tomb. They rioters burned books, shtenders and other religious paraphernalia, and defiled the Tomb.

In 2011, a nephew of Israeli Knesset member and culture and sports minister Limor Livnat, Ben-Joseph Livnat, was murdered by Palestinian security forces while visiting Joseph’s Tomb. Four other Israelis were wounded. Palestinian Arabs set Joseph’s Tomb on fire, and they also attacked the funeral procession of Ben Joseph Livnat with rocks.

Joseph’s Tomb has been attacked by Arabs several more times since that time, including the latest arson over Shabbat.

Here is a video of the most recent torching of Joseph’s Tomb which took place in the context of rapidly escalating violence between Palestinian Arabs and Jews:

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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62 Responses to “Arabs (Again) Torch Joseph’s Tomb”

  1. worthless coward Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו allows this to happen.

  2. Noah Misch says:

    wtf Joshua’s tomb was torched?

  3. They are cursing themselves adding curses already have….

  4. Tim Meeks says:

    Torch muslims

  5. Tim Meeks says:

    Torch muslims

  6. I wonder if this isn’t a clever conspiracy to bring more Christians into this fight. I’m naturally suspicious.

  7. These Arabs should be kicked out of Israel. Israel needs to torch PA.

  8. Paul W. Howe says:

    Torch the temple mount mosque & get itover with…. Israel dont hold back… make each rubber coated bullet count as a warning u r sharp shooters…

  9. ZionOps says:

    when is the idf finally taking action

  10. Everywhere they go it looks like a bomb site – they only know how to destroy. Go build something or get a job.

  11. can they sink any lower?

  12. can they sink any lower?

  13. Larry Lopez says:

    Why do you take all this Is real??

  14. Larry Lopez says:

    Why do you take all this Is real??

  15. Huh? Why would Christian’s get into the fight over the torching of the tomb?

  16. Ian Conger says:

    That’s it, break out the mini guns & turn em in to jelly.

  17. Ian Conger says:

    Time to rebuild the temple. demolish the dome of the rock!

  18. Gene Strong says:

    Now Israel has justification to clear the temple mount of all Muslim buildings.

  19. Because that is in our Bible. We do not only love our Jewish Savior we also love His history and His people. Do not lump us in with those horrid people. God bless Israel.

  20. ARABS have no respect for history, not even their own…..

  21. Do you really believe your stupid ideas? If you will be honest with yourself you will know the truth. May God give you a clear mind.

  22. Trisha I agree. However His kingdom is not of this world. All that is happening has been prophesied in Mathew Revelations Daniel Isaiah Ezekial etc. Christian’s are being murdered in droves and leaving. They are the minority over there. Obama is a closet Muslim. He’s NOT going to lift a finger. He’s aiding and abetting terrorists.

  23. Gene Strong says:

    Nadir nawab, the Muslim buildings on the temple mount should have been demolished years ago…No more Muslim enclaves in Jerusalem , West Bank or gaza.

  24. Saphira Toor says:

    Shame on you Arabs !

  25. Saphira Toor says:

    Shame on you Arabs !

  26. Will IDF have to guard all the sacred places across Israel???

  27. Will IDF have to guard all the sacred places across Israel???

  28. Maybe they trying to cause global conflict so they can usher in their supposed Mahdi. However they be in for a big surprise when G-d reigns them in. Bless Israel.

  29. Maybe they trying to cause global conflict so they can usher in their supposed Mahdi. However they be in for a big surprise when G-d reigns them in. Bless Israel.

  30. They are wasting time running in vain,ISRAEL IS A NATION CHOOSED BY GOD AND IT kept the story of all humanity.GOD BLESS YOUR NATION

  31. Vonnie Gross says:

    Try this in Mecca and watch Arab heads explode.

  32. and where is the sovereignty of the Jewish state now? .no longer functional?

  33. Isreal is stiffneck unto God always bowing to western presure even when they should have destroyed the dome of the rock since 1948 they retain it and even retain some palestinians in Jerusalem to this day and are now paying for it

  34. Burn the AlAxa Mosque

  35. Delta Kilo says:

    Nyahu should let them slap his right cheek again.

  36. The religion of peace at work. Where is the Nazi UN on this? I can’t wait till ISIS destroys mecca. Ah, sit back and watch the show.

  37. Eddie Ancona says:

    Disaster, why are they doing that, don’t they consider him a great prophet as well in the Quran?

  38. They need to be kicked out of the land.

  39. They have no respect for anyone or anything.

  40. By good, let’s burn that moske in Jerusalem Down, and build our temple!

  41. Eva Hetzroni says:

    Mother Rachel pray for your sons.

  42. Adam Green says:

    Its just disgraceful. . I’m upset that these pal/hamas swines have done this

  43. Joseph is a prophet of the Arabs how to burn a sacred tomb!

  44. They .need to be eliminated from the face of the earth

  45. Raoul Grimm says:

    israel never touched and never will touch holy sites from other religions..thats the difference

  46. Raoul Grimm says:

    israel never touched and never will touch holy sites from other religions..thats the difference

  47. Paul Broom says:

    Disgraceful! I thought they viewed him as on of the prophets?

  48. The Arabs must step down straight into hell – destroyers

  49. same behavior after all these years and so many opportunities to live a better life. Arabs are the worst.

  50. Muslims torched the shrine, what are you doing covering up the real problem. This is Muslims, this is Jihad, this is Islam.

  51. Gary Gien says:

    Landless savages

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