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Thursday, August 26, 2010

'Palestinian Authority' to rebuild Joseph's tomb

They destroyed it in 2000 after Ehud Barak left an IDF soldier there to bleed to death. And now, the 'Palestinian Authority' may be granted a contract to rebuild Joseph's tomb in Shchem (Nablus).
It appears that the Civil Administration and the Rabbi of the Holy Sites joined together, for unknown reasons, to grant the PA the rights to revamp the holy Biblical site of Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem (Nablus).

“It is unthinkable,” says Yossi, a leading Shomron (Samaria) activist, “that after the Arabs of Shechem vandalized and desecrated the holy site, and after the battle ten years ago in which one of our soldiers was allowed to bleed to death, that the PA should now be granted this privilege of refurbishing the site whose destruction they had a hand in.”

“Furthermore,” he said, “why should we allow them to be able to brag to the world, ‘Look, we are refurbishing a Jewish holy site’ – especially since this is just the first step to what could easily become a PA takeover of the site in which they turn it into a mosque.”

As recently as 30 years ago, Joseph’s Tomb was located in a barren field outside the city of Shechem, but the city expanded, and the site now finds itself in the midst of a built-up urban area. By government decision, a yeshiva – Od Yosef Chai (Joseph Still Lives) – was established on the site, run by the Shomron Regional Council. Even after the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993, Israel was granted authority over the yeshiva, which remained active until the PA initiated the Oslo War in 2001 and overran the site.


In the past year and a half, the IDF and Shomron elements have been rebuilding Joseph’s Tomb. The crowning achievement of their efforts is a decorative, iron construction to be placed atop the dome for protection. The entire site has been cleaned and painted, and following clear messages from the IDF, Arab vandals and graffiti writers have stayed away.

Suddenly and abruptly, it was learned this week that Civil Administration head Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai had made a “grab,” granting the PA the right to complete the refurbishing. “It is totally inconceivable that those who had a hand in its destruction should now be allowed to return as generous heroes coming to fix up the place,” Shomron elements say. “Beyond the humiliation and warped nature of such a move, the PA will be able to trumpet themselves, and possibly even claim ownership and authority over the compound.”

Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger have come out sharply against the idea. “If the PA receives the right to refurbish the holy gravesite,” they wrote, “it is clear that it will end up becoming a mosque…How can we give them authority and ownership over the place that is one of the three [in addition to Jerusalem and Hevron] that our Sages teach that the Gentiles cannot claim is not ours?... Such a disgrace cannot be allowed.’

The Civil Administration defended its decision by stating, inter alia, “After many years in which Joseph’s Tomb was forsaken, the Civil Administration and the IDF Central Command worked to clean and preserve it… The upcoming work will be carried out by a contractor hired partly in coordination with the PA, and has even received approval from the relevant religious authorities…”
What could go wrong?


At 9:32 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Why not hire Arabs to refurbish the Kotel?

I think sometimes Jews have lost their minds!

What could go wrong indeed

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Eliyahu in Shilo said...

Only sometimes Norman?


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