Jerusalem - Palestinians Torch Kever Yosef Hatzadik
Jerusalem - A mob of approximately 150 Palestinians set fire to the kever of Yosef Hatzadik in Shechem tonight.
Palestinian security forces have managed to get the fire under control but serious damage has already been sustained at the women’s section of the holy site, where many Jews come to daven.
Initial reports indicate that the Palestinians lined the area with trees in order to fuel the fire, according to Israeli news site Walla.
Israeli security forces who arrived on scene verified that there were no Jews praying in the tomb and then cleared the area of all Palestinians. Security forces are remaining on scene in order to prevent any further attacks.
IDF forces remain in Shechem at this time.
This incident came following a day of relative calm in Israel after several weeks of increased violence attacks across the country.
The kever of Yosef Hatzadik has been targeted before. During the second intifada, Palestinians took over the site after Israeli forces left the area, setting the tomb on fire and painting the dome green to signify that it was now considered a Muslim holy site. Since that time, renovations have been made, although Palestinians have desecrated the site several more times.
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