2,500 Gather at Kever Yosef

YERUSHALAYIM -

An estimated 2,500 people davened at Kever Yosef on the outskirts of Shechem on Tuesday night, despite rock-throwing by local Arabs, Arutz Sheva reported.

As they made their to the ancient holy site, Arabs hurled rocks at the bus in which they were travelling. B’chasdei Shamayim, no injury or damage was reported.

The suspects were caught by IDF soldiers, and subsequently handed over Palestinian Authority security forces.

The gathering was coordinated by the IDF Civil Administration and border police.

The Shomron Regional Council is seeking to ensure that the authorities will keep the site open from now through Yom Kippur, a period when thousands more worshippers are expected.

In 2000, the Israeli government relinquished control of the area to the Palestinian Authority, after which Arab rioters ransacked and burned the location.

Arrangements have been made at various times for Jews to have free, safe access to Kever Yosef, but since the Israeli withdrawal Arab violence has been a persistent problem, and entrance is only possible with permission from the IDF.