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Two Jews shot dead at Joseph’s tomb after site was vandalized for second time

Two Jews were shot and wounded on their way to Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, the Israel Defense Forces said Monday morning.

The Hasidic men entered the city through an unmanned checkpoint. Jewish Israelis are not allowed in the Palestinian territories, and worshipers at the Jewish holy site require an armed escort to pray there.

The site was vandalized for a second time on Monday. Footage shows Palestinian vandals throwing blocks at the wall above the destroyed tomb.

The incident comes a day after Palestinians first vandalized and burned down the shrine. About 100 Palestinians stormed the site, smashed the tombstone and set the room on fire.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan on Monday condemned the killing of the Hasidic men and called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a “terrorist” for allowing it to happen.

“There is no justification for the brutal killings and terrorism of the Palestinian Authority seminary run by the terrorist (Abbas),” he said according to the Jerusalem Post.

“Just yesterday morning [there was] barbaric ISIS-style destruction at the hallowed site of Joseph’s tomb and today [there was] a cold-blooded shooting of Jews who came to pray,” Dagan said.

“The responsibility rests solely with the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority and no less with the people who continue to obsessively market this group of terrorists. As a “partner” they must abandon the heart of the Land of Israel. To bring this reality to the entire State of Israel.

Saturday night’s vandalism came amid clashes between Palestinian gunmen and nearby Israeli troops. The IDF has arrested eight suspected Palestinian terrorists. Armed terrorists lined the streets with burning tires to stop the IDF.

The raids were in response to a deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv on Thursday night in which three Israelis were shot dead. On Sunday, the brothers of Raed Hazem, the terrorist who took part in the shooting in downtown Tel Aviv, were shot dead by Israeli soldiers in a car.

Human rights lawyer and CEO of the International Legal Forum Arsen Ostrovsky criticized the international community, including the United Nations agency for the preservation of heritage sites, for their failure to condemn the vandalism.

“The attack by Palestinian vigilantes on Joseph’s Tomb, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, was an ignoble act of desecration, made even more heinous on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover,” it said. Ostrovsky to Breitbart.

“Where is the international outrage? Where is UNESCO? Only deafening silence,” he added.

Ostrovsky criticized the PA for the “flagrant violation” of its commitments to protect and preserve holy sites under the 1993 Oslo peace accords.

“While Israel is doing everything to allow freedom of worship and the protection of holy places for Muslims, it is inexplicable and outrageous that the Palestinian leadership is turning its back and allowing this kind of defilement, which is also a flagrant violation of the law international law and Palestinian law”. The Authority’s commitments,” Ostrovsky told Breitbart.

Thursday’s attack was the fourth in of them weeks, bringing the death toll to 14. Since then, there have been further attempted attacks. In addition to Monday’s shooting, a Palestinian woman was shot dead by IDF soldiers on Sunday after stabbing a soldier in the burning city of Hebron in the West Bank.


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