Published: August 6th, 2012
The incident occurred when a group of religious Jews, members of the Breslov chassidic sect, visited the Jewish holy site unaccompanied by Israeli soldiers. The tomb is located in the city of Nablus, a place that is completely under the control of the Palestinian Authority.
Twice a month Israel coordinates a visit by those Israelis who wish to pray there but religious Jews believe, not without reason, that restricting Jewish worship at the site in this manner is wrong and often attempt to go on their own. Rather than merely accommodate the presence of a few Jews in an Arab city, the Palestinian Authority police attacked the group that arrived on Sunday, killing one and wounding two others.
That this crime was committed by a member of the Palestinian Authority's own security forces - which have been trained and vouched for by the PA's foreign donors such as the United States - is telling. Rather than keep the peace and root out the terrorists who are a threat to the safety of both Jews and Arabs, the PA police have yet again proven themselves to be a group that is willing to commit acts of terrorism themselves. Advertisement
There is, after all, a precedent for the PA police to act in this manner around Joseph's Tomb. In 1996, six Israeli soldiers were killed during a Palestinian attack on the site. Four years later, at the start of the Second Intifada in September 2000, PA policemen stormed the holy site that was at that time the home of a yeshiva. An Israeli soldier was killed in the assault after which a Palestinian mob sacked the Tomb, demolishing it and desecrating holy books and Torah scrolls......