Jews pray at Joseph's Tomb
Jews pray at Joseph's Tomb IDF spokesperson

Approximately 1,000 Jews prayed on Tuesday night at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus).

Among those present at Joseph's Tomb was Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein.

Shechem is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, and any Jews entering the area must be escorted by IDF soldiers. Tuesday's visit was coordinated with Israel Police, Border Police, and the IDF's Samaria Brigade.

During the prayers, Arabs threw rocks and tires at security forces, who used crowd-dispersal measures. One Arab was lightly injured in the protests.

Yossi Dagan and Malcolm Hoenlein at Joseph's Tomb
Ro'i Hadi

"We are happy to pray today at the tomb of the righteous Joseph. We are glad we merited allowing people to pray at Joseph's tomb during the Sukkot holiday," Samaria Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan said. "Our happiness, though, is mixed with sadness. We are sad that we must enter this place in the dark of night, as if we were thieves, instead of entering in broad daylight, as is fitting."

"I am pained that today's government continues to falter when it comes to building in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem, instead of lifting its head and acting on our sovereignty. I hope that our brothers in the US will remember that this is the rock from which we are hewn, and will send the proper message to the US government.

"We will not accept limits or prohibitions on building in the land of Israel."

IDF spokesperson

In the past two days, 40,000 Jews visited Hevron, participating in activities secured by the Judea Brigade, Border Police, and Israel Police. The events were held safely and quietly, with no unusual incidents.

Shabak (Israel Security Agency), Israel Police, Border Police, and IDF forces on Tuesday night arrested five suspected terrorists in Judea and Samaria. All of the arrested are suspected of involvement in disturbances to order, violence, and "lone wolf" terror. They have been taken for interrogation.

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