Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, visited Joseph’s Tomb on the outskirts of biblical Shechem (now known as Nablus) on Sunday evening to examine damage caused to the holy site the week prior by Palestinian rioters.
Yosef told Jewish Orthodox media that “what happened here is simply the actions of ISIS. What [kind of] people can destroy such a holy place? We, the Jewish Nation, guard their sacred sites, and their mosques, and they without shame treat such a holy place as Joseph’s Tomb this way?”
Joseph’s Tomb, the traditional burial place of the biblical patriarch and a prominent site of Jewish worship, was severely damaged by a fire set by a Palestinian mob late last week. Various reports suggest Palestinian Authority police not only did little to stop the destruction, but actually participated.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Palestinians had damaged and destroyed Joseph’s Tomb, which Israeli Jews are permitted to continue visiting under the currently signed peace agreements.
As the chief rabbi was leaving the site, he and his escort were set upon by a Palestinian stone-throwers. Yosef and his people were unharmed, but damage was sustained by several of the vehicles.
Amazingly, almost none of this was deemed newsworthy by the mainstream international media. One can only imagine the headlines if Jews burned a prominent Muslim holy site and then stoned one of the world’s leading imams when he came to inspect the damage.
PHOTO: A Palestinian mob destroys Joseph’s Tomb at the start of the Second Intifada in 2000 (Flash90)