Hundreds make pilgrimage to Joseph's tomb

Last night, 24 busloads of Jews made the pilgrimage to Joseph's tomb - only to be met by Palestinian riots.

Tal Polon ,

Prayers at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem
Prayers at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem
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Last night, hundreds of Jews made the night pilgrimage that the IDF facilitates every several weeks, to Joseph's tomb in the heart of Shechem.

The pilgrims were escorted by soldiers of the Nahal Brigade, who helped ensure the safe passage of the 24 buses to the tomb.

As the buses entered and left Shechem, the IDF tried to control Palestinian riots, which included rock-throwing, and burning tires hurled at the soldiers.

There were no injuries.

Palestinian Arabs have a long history of violence near Joseph's Tomb, including its desecration. In May 2000, the tomb was destroyed and burned by Palestinian Arabs. It was eventually restored and, since that time, Jews regularly visit the site and pray there.

In one particularly tragic incident, in 2011, a group of Breslov Hassidim, who attempted to visit the tomb without coordinating with the IDF, were fired upon by Palestinian Authority policemen. Israeli citizen Ben Yoseph Livnat was murdered and several others were injured in that incident.

Palestinian Arabs have attempted multiple times within the past several years to light the tomb compound on fire.