On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers injured several Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation after the Israeli army invaded Nablus in northern West Bank, to accompany groups of illegal colonizers into Joseph’s Tomb area, east of the city.
Local sources said several army jeeps accompanied the colonizers who came in a few buses and closed roads to Palestinian traffic before heading towards Joseph’s Tomb.
They added that the invasion led to protests before the soldiers shot several Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Joseph, the patriarch, is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans alike; however, the Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the site being in Area A, where the PA has complete control and prohibits Muslims from worshiping at the site.
Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews regularly try to visit the shrine without approval, as many Jews believe the tomb to be the final resting place of the biblical figure in the Old Testament.
Palestinians believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousif Dweikat, a local religious figure.
In related news, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked a Palestinian home in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus.
In addition, the colonizers uprooted at least two hundred Palestinian olive saplings, and stole them in the Khallet Hassan area, west of Bidiya, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit.
On Tuesday morning, Israeli soldiers invaded the Balata refugee camp in eastern Nablus and Qalandia refugee camp in northern occupied East Jerusalem, killed two Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded nine others.