The Nablus Connection

Monday, May 02, 2011 |  Aviel Schneider

Nablus, 3 AM: At over 90 miles per hour a convoy of six cars races through the dark streets of this former stronghold of terrorism. In the vehicles are a number of Orthodox Jews of the Breslav sect. Their goal: an ancient grave in the town center.

There are very few people in the country who understand why, for nine years now, these Jews have been laying their lives on the line, week after week, to pray at Joseph’s Tomb. This year, during Passover week, something went wrong. This time Palestinian security forces caught the group praying at the tomb. The result was a hot pursuit that ended in a hail of bullets that killed 24-year-old Ben Yosef Livnat.

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