Some 1,000 people came to daven at Kever Yosef Monday night, accompanied by security forces who fended off numerous Arab rioters attempting to reach worshipers.
During the event soldiers discovered a bomb planted outside the site. The bomb was set to go off by cellular signal, likely timed for when people would be leaving Kever Yosef. The bomb was removed and exploded in a controlled manner. Arabs also threw rocks and stones at Jews as they left the site. No injuries among civilians or soldiers were reported.
Arabs have vandalized and set fire to Kever Yosef numerous times since the signing of the Oslo Accords, most notably in 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2014. Between 2003 and 2009, the site remained desolate, until Israel and the PA reached an accord on refurbishing the site in 2010. Currently, Jews are allowed to visit Kever Yosef once a month – usually on Erev Rosh Chodesh – to daven.
Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 11 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.