An Israeli military brigade raided the occupied West Bank city of Nablus yesterday heading to Joseph’s Tomb for the first time in 17 years, Quds Press reported.
In a statement, the Israeli occupation army announced that a number of its soldiers walked on foot to Joseph’s Tomb in the heart of Nablus, noting it was the first time since 2000.
Quds Press reported that the Israeli occupation forces were stationed at a hilltop overlooking Joseph’s Tomb to protect the officers in the town.
Palestinians are afraid that the Israeli occupation is planning to reoccupy the historical site, especially after the renovations carried out in it.
Joseph’s Tomb was a flashpoint in Nablus with scores of Palestinians killed and wounded during clashes in the area in 1995. In 1996 nine Israeli soldiers were killed and after another was targeted in 2000 the army left the area.
Jews in Israel claim the site contains the tomb of a rabbi, however the site is part of an old mosque where Muslim scholar Yousef Dweekat was buried.