In the night of Wednesday, January 31, in coordination with the Israel defense forces had carried out another mass pilgrimage of religious Jews to the tomb of Joseph in Nablus dedicated to the holiday of Tu b’shvat.
As the press service of the IDF, to the tomb was taken about 800 pilgrims.
This time the pilgrimage took place without major incidents.
Previous mass pilgrimage to the tomb of Joseph was carried out on the night of January 16th. Then it was accompanied by mass protests, arranged by local residents, and attacks on Israelis.
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.
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. The murderers were apprehended and brought to justice.