On the night of Monday, 14 December, hundreds of Israelis visited the tomb of Joseph in Nablus. This information, published in several Israeli media, editorial NEWSru.co.il was confirmed by the press service of the IDF.
According to official information, to the place of profit by 19 buses. The site Arutz Sheva claims that the tomb of Joseph was visited by more than two thousand people.
On the place the ceremony of lighting the eighth candle of Hanukkah. According to media reports, a candle was lit by the commander of the Judea and Samaria division, Brigadier General Lior Carmeli.
In the event organized by the Samaria regional Council in conjunction with the Office of the tomb of Joseph, attended by high-ranking officers of the IDF, including commander of the Samaria brigade Colonel Shay Kleper.
Among the pilgrims was a Rabbi Yeshayahu Pinto, sentenced to a year in prison for giving a bribe to a police officer.
According to the press service of the IDF, during the visit, there were riots in various parts of Nablus. Information about the victims or the detainees were reported.
We will remind that in the night of 16 October a large group of Arab extremists started a fire in the tomb of Joseph. There was extensive damage.
The tomb of Joseph, one of the Jewish shrines, was subjected to desecration by Muslim Arabs in the first weeks of the «al-Aqsa intifada» in October 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 PNA, 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 authorities of the PA were involved in the renovation and restoration work, which were not completed in full.
A visit to the tomb of Yosef requires a permit from the army command. As a rule, it is organized an entrance on the bus, safety of movement on the Palestinian territories provide military.
In recent years organized a mass pilgrimage to the tomb of Yosef are held regularly.
April 24, 2011 while trying to visit the tomb of Joseph in Nablus was killed 25-year-old Ben-Yosef Livnat, four Israelis were injured. The murderers have been arrested.