Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi / Flash 90
Israeli soldiers seen praying in the compound of Joseph's Tomb in the Samaria city of Nablus early in November 2009. Believed to be the final resting place of the Biblical patriach, Joseph's Tomb has seen fierce Israeli-Palestinian. (FILE)

Arab terrorists attempted Friday night to torch the Tomb of Joseph, the Biblical figure whose grave is located in the ancient Samaria city of Shechem (Nablus).

The attack came in retaliation for the arson murder of a 22-month-old Arab toddler in the nearby village of Duma. The child’s parents and sibling were also badly wounded in the attack, allegedly perpetrated by four Jews who were seen fleeing from the scene. An IDF helicopter airlifted the family to a Tel Aviv hospital for medical care and Israeli soldiers are continuing to hunt for the suspects.


Nevertheless, Hamas terrorists jumped on the excuse to declare a “Day of Rage” on Friday and Arabs across Israel and the Palestinian Authority territories have since been rioting and attacking Israeli forces.

Late Friday night, Arabs tried to destroy the ancient tomb of the Biblical Jewish ancestor buried in Shechem.

“Dozens” of “protesters” from the Balata neighborhood hurled rocks, bottles and firebombs at Jewish worshipers and IDF soldiers at the Tomb in the wee hours of the Sabbath morning on Saturday, according to sources quoted by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

Attempts to torch the Tomb were squelched by PA security forces, according to Ma’an.

Arabs frequently attempt to attack Jews who visit the site in monthly visits facilitated by the IDF via a security cooperation agreement with the PA, which guards the site.

“Sources said the protesters considered burning Joseph’s Tomb, a holy place for Israelis – particularly nearby settlers – as a form of ‘real response’ to the burning” of the todder, Ali Dawabsheh, Ma’an reported.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. WhT is New? The Palestinians have tried to destroy every Jewish holy site for years and very little is done by the IDF to stop it. By allowing ongoing violence by Palestinians in order to appease them has created the deep anger and frustration of many Israelis since every Jew is hauled in for even graffiti and until the past weeks, all Arab violence including firebombings, rock and boulder throwing, arson, and drive by shootings have been totally ignored. More than half the time the Border Police or police claim it is criminal reasons like they did with the Israeli farmer or even suicide like they famously did once or a work accident when Arabs cut the line of a Jewish worker when he was on the side of a building. Only weeks or months later the police admitted it was terrorism, supposedly to avoid anger from Israelis. Being lied about or ignored does not help the situation and causes even deeper anger

  2. I don't believe there are even 100 Jews on the planet who would be in sympathy with the terrorist act of the suspected 4 Jews who torched the home and killed an innocent baby. It is deeply embedded in Judaism to defend the innocent, and even to "love your enemy". Israel practises this every day, sending food to Gaza, supplying electricity, taking people from Gaza – even the family of terrorist leaders – into their hospitals.

    This act has been decried from the top, and indeed all the way down the spectrum.

    When Jews are attacked, kidnapped and killed there are huge celebrations in Gaza and Arab towns in the West Bank. This is an inversion of natural human nature.

    The tombs of the Patriarchs, Rachel, Joseph are heritage sites for the whole Judeo-Christian world. They are not just spiting Jews. Likewise the destruction of the tomb of Elijah in Syria, of Jonah in Iraq. These are, or should be, international heritage sites.

    All human-kind is poorer for the destruction of heritage. And even poorer when evil is called good, and good evil (I think Isa 5.) When you invert evil and good, in any human situation, all is lost until G-d restores sanity again.

  3. All that is necessary to start a big war would be for a few Arabs to dress as Jewish settlers and throw firebombs at a few Arab houses. Never waiting for an investigation, the Arabs respond to any attack by immediately committing more acts of terror. It doesn't matter to them or to the leftist media that they already do 90% or more of the terror attacks in Israel. They're constantly throwing molotov cocktails into Jewish homes on the Mt. of Olives, for example, and there are many roads Jews are afraid of driving on because of the rocks and firebombs thrown. More than a few Jews and Jewish children have died as a result, but no one gets as livid and upset as the world does when one Arab baby dies. Does the west cry for Adelle Biton like they do for this Arab baby? I don't condome any terrorism – it's the disproportionate response that I condemn as well as the act itself. Citizens looking in from outside need to ask themselves why the lives of Arab babies are more important than those of Jewish babies.

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