Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA
NABLUS, November 24, 2011 (WAFA) – A number of Jewish settlers Thursday at dawn broke into Joseph’s Tomb, east of the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, according to security sources.
They told WAFA that about 14 buses carrying settlers broke into the Tomb and performed rituals and prayers under the protection of the Israeli army.
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Eli Yishai, while praying once in Joseph’s Tomb, had called for the restoration of Israeli control over the area.
He told Israeli media that Joseph’s Tomb belongs to Jews, adding, “We must restore Israeli control over the tomb because we have to do what is best for Israel.”
Security sources said the Israeli army raided Nablus, searched Palestinian homes and arrested one Palestinian from Ein Beit al-Maa camp.
Witnesses said the army intensified its presence and military operations at checkpoints surrounding the city and inspected Palestinians’ identification papers.