Arab Rioters Attack Jewish Worshipers on Way to Joseph’s Tomb

7 October, 2019   |   2 months ago

Arab rioters on Sunday night attacked Israeli worshippers who entered the city of Shechem (Nablus) to pray at Joseph’s Tomb, ahead of the Yom Kippur holiday.

Israeli forces secured the entry of about 1,000 worshipers, during which dozens of rioters threw rocks and firebombs at the forces and attempted to block the road with burning tires. The forces responded with crowd-dispersing means.

In addition, the forces exposed at neutralized four improvised explosive charges that were set on the worshippers’ path. No injuries or damage were reported.

The Selichot, special prayers recited by Jews during the days before and between Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, were held without further disturbances, with song and dance.

The worshippers have previously been attacked by rioters. The entry into Shechem, under Palestinian Authority (PA) control, occurs several times a year. The prayers take place only during the night and under heavy security provided by the Israeli forces.