Last night, about 500 settlers stormed the area of Joseph's Tomb in Nablus.Joseph's Tomb is supposed to be available for Jewish worship under existing agreements between Israel and the PA. These visits are always coordinated.
Sources said the local settlers practiced biblical rituals at the grave in a provocative way, and they were under the protection of a large force of Israeli soldiers who helped them to break into the area.
There is no reason to assume that the worshippers are all "settlers."
Hamas was really ticked off:
Minister of Waqf in the Gaza government Taleb Abu Sha’ar called the visit of 300 settlers to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus a "violation" and "provocative."I guess that all that talk about how Hamas has no problem with Jews is not quite accurate.
The visit, which saw military patrols enter a residential area south of Nablus at midnight and close off streets, culminated in the arrival of 20 military vehicles and six buses of religious Jews who remained under heavy guard at the tomb betwen 1 and 5a.m.
Abu Sha'ar said the military measures and the forceful visit to the holy place, believed to be the burial area of patriarch Jospeh and his two sons, was a "violation of the holy place," and took place on the "pretext that the area belongs only to them [Jewish worshipers]."
In 1993 the mosque was partitioned, half was designated for Jewish use and the other half for Muslim use.