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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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PA Removes Steel Door Jews Installed at Joseph’s Tomb

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has returned to Israel a steel door at Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Yosef) after it had been installed by Jews following the latest Muslim desecration of the holy site in Shechem.

Israeli authorities had sent as key to the door to Ramallah, apparently to emphasize that the Palestinian Authority has control of the site.

Ramallah sent back the key, as well as the door, according to Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

It quoted Shechem (Nablus) Governor Akram Rajoub as saying that “extremist” settlers installed the door in an alleged violation of agreements that Joseph’s Tomb is under PA control.

Palestinian Authority Arabs have desecrated the site several times. PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas called last month’s arson attack “irresponsible” and ordered repairs to extensive damage from a firebomb attack.

Rajoub said that the regime in Ramallah is refurbishing it “at its own expense because it views this place as having religious and historic importance to the Palestinian society.”


IDF Protects Jews’ Midnight Mission to Repair Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

IDF soldiers escorted Jewish workers on an overnight mission to repair the latest nightmare of destruction left by hate-filled Palestinian Authority attackers at the Tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph.

The renovations came approximately two weeks after the Arabs had bashed up and then burned the sacred site.

They were carried out under an initiative by the Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council together with the regional brigade of the IDF, according to the Hebrew-language NRG news site.

Special construction workers entered the area after midnight with a military escort to perform the necessary comprehensive repairs on the ancient tomb.

A group of some 30 Breslov hasidim subsequently entered Joseph’s Tomb to make repairs to the site on the orders of fugitive Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the spiritual leader of Shuvu Banim, but did not coordinate their trip with the IDF. The group was attacked by local Arabs; five were arrested by police in the Samaria Jewish city of Ariel, according to a report on the Hebrew-language Kikar Shabbat website. In addition, one of the hasidim who was left behind at the Tomb was set afire by the Arabs.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Rishon LeZion – rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia – made a point of visiting the Tomb the next night with security provided by the IDF. The goal was to make an accurate assessment of the damage to the site perpetrated by the terrorists – including the Palestinian Authority police who participated in the attack – and to protest that damage.

The convoy in which the esteemed rabbi traveled was attacked by Palestinian Authority Arabs, who hurled rocks at the vehicles as they traveled towards the site, which is located in the ancient city of Shechem – today referred to by Arabs as “Nablus.”

Under the Oslo Accords, the city is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, but the PA is legally required to allow Jews free access to the Tomb.

Following the visit of the chief rabbi, the Tomb was torched again by enraged Palestinian Authority Arabs.

Israel Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Visits Joseph’s Tomb (and Arabs Burn It Down Again)

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Rishon LeZion – rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia and Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel — made a visit to the Tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph late Sunday night with security provided by the Israel Defense Forces.

The goal was to assess the damage to the site perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs – including Palestinian Authority police acting as terrorists – and to protest that damage.

Following the visit by the chief rabbi, the tomb was once again burned down by enraged Palestinian Arabs.

The convoy in which the esteemed rabbi was traveling was attacked by Palestinian Arabs who threw stones at the vehicles as they drove towards the site, which is located in the ancient city of Shechem. The city today is inhabited by Palestinian Arabs and is called “Nablus,” however, and is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, although under the Oslo Accords the PA is required to allow Jews to access the holy tomb in order to pray.

Attempted Drive-By Terror Attack in Samaria

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Palestinian Arabs shot but failed to hit an Israeli vehicle on a Samaria road near the Huwara checkpoint Sunday night, close to the city of Shechem (Nablus) as the car traveled near the Jewish community of Tapuach.

Reports of shots being fired towards the car were followed by confirmation that no one in the vehicle was physically injured.

Israel Defense Forces rushed to the scene of the attack according to Israel Hatzoloh.

Arabs Set Fire to Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem, Pushed Back by PA Police

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Several hundred Palestinian Authority Arabs Thursday night set fire to parts of the Joseph’s Tomb compound in the site of biblical Shechem, using firebombs. Palestinian police removed the rioters and put out the fire.

The IDF is planning to renovate the compound to facilitate the entry of Jewish worshipers again.

A military spokesperson said the IDF strongly condemns any violation of holy sites, views the incident as extremely serious and is determined to locate and arrest the perpetrators. Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said in a statement:

As a Jew, I must express deep shock at this terrible act. I believe that everyone in the free world will condemn this barbaric and criminal act, igniting one of the holiest places for the Jewish people, which is a historical relic for the entire world.

This is the barbarism of the Palestinian Authority and its leader, yet another act that proves we can’t trust this ‘partner.’ I call on the prime minister to immediately return the IDF forces to Joseph’s Tomb, since it’s obvious that otherwise there is no one to take care of this important relic for us. It is Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas’s responsibility, and he should be held accountable.

Joseph’s tomb has been venerated throughout the ages by Jews, Christians, and Samaritans. After Judea and Samaria were restored to Israel in 1967, the shrine was gradually turned into a Jewish prayer room. Friction and conflict from competing Jewish and Muslim claims over the tomb became frequent, and, eventually, the site fell under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority according to the Oslo Accords that specifically stated that Jews would have free access to the holy site.

In 2000, just after being handed over to the PA, Joseph’s Tomb was looted and razed by an Arab mob. Starting in 2002, Jewish groups returned to the site intermittently. Between 2009 and 2010 the structure was refurbished, including a new cupola, and regular visits by Jews have resumed.

On April 24, 2011, PA police opened fire on three cars of Israeli worshipers after they finished praying at Joseph’s Tomb, killing as Israeli citizen and wounding three others.

An IDF investigation concluded that the Palestinian Authority police officers had acted “maliciously” and with the intent to harm the Jewish worshipers. Then-IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz declared that the Arab policemen fired “without justification and with no immediate threat to their lives.”

On July 7, 2014, Arabs tried to burn down Joseph’s Tomb during a riot, but Palestinian Authority security forces were able to stop the rioters before they could level it.

On December 22, 2014, Jews who were visiting the tomb to light Chanukah candles discovered that the site had been vandalized. Lights were broken and electrical wiring had been cut.

Investigators: Henkin Children Saved by Killers’ Friendly Fire [video]

Monday, October 5th, 2015

(JNi.media) The terrorist cell that murdered Naama and Eitam Henkin south of Shechem four days ago has been arrested, the Shin Bet announced. The terrorists shot the couple and then verified their death with additional bullets, while the Henkins’ four children, ages nine, seven, four and four months were watching from the back seat.

The investigation revealed that one of the terrorists shot his friend by mistake during the attack, forcing them to flee the scene hastily, which explains why they left alone the children in the back seat of the Henkins’ car. The wounded killer was picked up by security forces from his hospital bed in Shechem.

The cell members, five Hamas operatives from Shechem, were picked up one day after the attack. Several Arabs suspected of helping the cell have also been arrested. The cell was under the command of a released prisoner, a Hamas member, who provided the weapons and planned the attack but did not participate in it personally.

The investigation revealed that the attack was carried out by two terrorists who opened fire on the vehicle belonging to the Henkins, and after the car had stopped, they approached it and fired at the couple at close range. The shooters told investigators that they had recently carried out two more shooting attacks that did not result in casualties.

A senior IDF officer speaking about solving the Henkins’ murder told Walla: “This is a terror foundation that planned to attack along this road, by stopping the car and carrying out the shooting. They had a glitch — a bilateral shooting at the injured man we picked up from his hospital bed in the Rafidia Hospital in Shechem. You may be able to say that this terrorist glitch resulted in the fact that the children are alive.”

Below is reportedly the security footage of the Israeli undercover security personnel capturing the injured terrorist in the Shechem hospital:

Terror Suspects Arrested in Shechem for Drive-By Parent Murder in Samaria

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Israeli soldiers combined forces with members of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Friday night in Shechem to arrest Palestinian Arabs suspected of involvement in the terror attack that killed Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama, and orphaned their six children.

The two parents were shot to death while driving in their car with four children Thursday night.

“The forces made significant progress in the investigation and operated in order to gather intelligence, identify and detain viable suspects,” the IDF said in a statement. Forces searched extensively in the area, hunting for the perpetrators of “the heinous terror attack,” which took place on a main route between the Samaria Jewish communities of Elon Moreh and Itamar.

The IDF immediately deployed four battalions in the Judea and Samaria region “in order to prevent an escalation of violence.” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in his statement, “This murder’s barbaric nature is incomprehensible. The IDF is determined to find those responsible for this horrendous attack and bring them to justice.”

On Saturday evening, the Shin Bet added, “In the past 24 hours, there has been a significant development in the investigation. The investigation is continuing and a media ban is in place on all other details.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/terror-suspects-arrested-in-shechem-for-drive-by-parent-murder-in-samaria/2015/10/03/

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