On Saturday, June 24, a group of 23 Israelis tried to visit the tomb of Joseph in Nablus, the press service of the IDF. According to published information, the attempt was made without coordination with the IDF, and was a violation of the order of the commander of the Central command forbidding Israelis to visit the cities and towns under the control of the Palestinian authority.
IDF soldiers detained Israelis who tried to enter Nablus, and gave them into the hands of the police.
The last organized pilgrimage to the tomb of Joseph in Nablus was held on may 22, before the arrival in Israel of US President Donald trump.
The tomb of Joseph in Nablus, one of the Jewish shrines, were subjected to reproach on the part of Arab Muslims in the first week, «al-Aqsa intifada» in autumn 2000, the complex was set on fire, after the fire, the dome was repainted in the green color of Islam (later, the authorities of the Palestinian authority, the dome was repainted a neutral color). For a long time the tomb of Joseph was in terrible condition. In the summer of 2010 the PA conducted repair and restoration work, which was never completed.
A visit to the tomb of Yosef requires a permit from the army command. Typically, organized access to buses, the safety of movement which the Palestinian territories provide military.
In recent years, organized a mass pilgrimage to the tomb of Joseph on a regular basis.
In October 2015, the Arabs ransacked the tomb of Joseph, was heavily damaged. The restoration of the tomb was engaged not only the governments of Israel, but the Palestinian authority. Another arson attempt was thwarted by Palestinian security forces in June this year.
24 APR 2011 while attempting to visit the tomb of Joseph in Nablus was killed 25-year-old Ben-Yosef Livnat, four Israelis were injured. Killer arrested.