Police Officers Wound Jew at Joseph’s Tomb

December 13, 2011
Worshipers at Joseph Tomb's (Kever Yosef)

(Israel National News)Worshipers at Joseph Tomb’s (Kever Yosef) h/t @TheJewess Israel news photo: Arutz 7) Palestinian Authority police officers shot at a group of Breslov Hassidim as they were trying to enter Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem overnight Monday. PA officials told AFP that the policemen opened fire after shouting warnings at the small group of worshippers.
A report on the Israeli website Hakol Hayehudi said one of the worshippers was lightly wounded when a PA officer chased a group of Breslov Hassidim and then opened fire at them. The worshippers fled the scene, according to the report.
Israeli public radio said the group entered the site without the required coordination with the Israeli military.
Currently, Jews are allowed to visit the Tomb, which is in PA-controlled Shechem, only by special permit of the IDF. Groups that attempt to pray there without such permits are often arrested by the army.
According to the Oslo Accords, Israelis are supposed to have free access to the site, but Arab rioters have several times destroyed the Tomb, and the IDF has barred Jews from going there because of fear of Arab violence.
Last April, Palestinian Authority soldiers killed yeshiva student Ben Yosef Livnat as he was returning from prayers at Joseph’s Tomb.
The Shechem Core Group reacted to the wounding of the worshipper overnight Monday and called for a full-time Jewish presence in Shechem. The group said in a statement that Jews should not have to settle for one entrance a month.
The statement concluded with a call for the IDF “to protect [the] Jews from ‘Palestinian terrorists.'”

PA police purposely fired on Joseph’s Tomb worshipers

May 29, 2011

Chief of General Staff accepts findings from IDF probe which says gunfire that killed Ben Yosef Livnat was intentional, aimed at killing group of Jews who infiltrated religious site; no evidence that attack was planned.

The group illegally entered Nablus without firstly coordinating the visit with the IDF as stipulated by law. Nablus is Area A territory, under Palestinian control and therefore off limits to Israeli citizens. The four Palestinian policemen were immediately placed under arrest by the Palestinian Authority which is continuing to investigate the shooting. Last week, the Defense Ministry official recognized Livnat as the victim of a terrorist attack enabling his family to receive compensation from the state. The results of the IDF probe, released on Sunday, did not find evidence that the Palestinian policemen had planned the attack but did conclude that the gunfire was intentional and aimed at killing the group of Jews who had infiltrated into the area near the tomb. The PA policemen opened fire, Gantz said, without justification and when their lives were not in danger. via jpost.com

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