Over 800 people came to daven at Kever Yosef Monday night, accompanied by security forces who fended off numerous Arab rioters who attempted to reach mispallelim. Anti-riot measures were used to disperse the crowds. There were no injuries among the Jews who were davening at the site.
Along with the mispallelim, repair crews worked throughout the night to fix the damage caused by Arab vandals and rioters. The Shomron Regional Council, along with several private organizations, took it upon themselves to raise money to conduct the repairs. Council Chairman Yossi Dagan said that “we have the merit not only to live in Shomron, but also to rebuild our homeland and protect our communities. We also have the obligation to protect our holy sites and ensure that they are not damaged by the barbarians of the Palestinian Authority who have damaged them many times. We will continue to protect and and invest in the upkeep our holy places.”
Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested six wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces. In addition, police in Jerusalem arrested 13 suspects who were involved in rock throwing and rioting activities in recent weeks, officials said.