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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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.”

Hana Levi Julian

Gas Station Terror Cell Captured

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Released for Publication: Israeli security forces captured an Arab terror cell from the village of Awarta near Shechem.

The two terrorists were involved in the arson attack on a gas station in the town of Eli in the Shomron on August 14, 2015. They firebombed the gas station, burning down the pumps and sprayed the logo of the PFLP terror organization at the site of their attack. The gas station did not explode.

The two were identified as Majdi Izzat Qawariq Galal, born in 1993, and Ahmed Essam Atta Abda, born in 1992.

During the interrogation, they said they burned down the gas station to avenge the attack in the village of Duma in July.

The operation to capture them was done in cooperation with the IDF, police and Shabak

Jewish Press News Briefs

IDF Soldier Injured at Joseph’s Tomb Protecting Jewish Visitors

Monday, September 21st, 2015


A mob of Palestinian Arabs rioted at the Tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph on Sunday night while Israeli Jews were praying at the site.

Twenty bus loads of Jewish visitors traveled to the tomb under the protection of the Israeli army, according to a report by Tazpit.

At least one IDF soldier was injured in the violence. He was evacuated to a nearby medical center, where he was treated and released this morning (Monday, Sept. 21).

During the Ten Days of Teshuva, as the intermediate days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are called, it is customary to visit the graves of ancestors and loved ones.

While the visitors were praying, the Arab rioters started to go wild, burning tires, and hurling stones and firebombs (Molotov cocktails).

Joseph’s Tomb is located in the ancient city of Shechem (known today also by its Arabic name, Nablus).

Jews require the protection of IDF soldiers to safely reach and pray at the site despite a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority ensuring access to the tomb.

Last month Arab terrorists attempted to torch and destroy the ancient tomb. The raging Arabs hurled rocks, bottles and firebombs at Jewish worshipers and IDF soldiers at the tomb in the wee hours of a Saturday morning on August 1.

The attack came in retaliation for an arson attack on a home in the nearby Arab village of Duma.

It is still not clear who perpetrated the attack, which killed three of the four family members who were home. However, it is believed by many that Jews torched the home due to Hebrew-language graffiti scrawled at the site.


Hana Levi Julian

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