Palestinian Authority foils attempts to torch Joseph’s Tomb

Palestinian Authority foils attempts to torch Joseph’s Tomb By KHALED ABU TOAMEH for The Jerusalem Post

The PA has taken the flak from many Palestinian activists for thwarting the arson attacks and “serving as guards for Jewish settlers.”

Palestinian Authority security forces have foiled two attempts by Palestinians to set fire to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, a PA security official confirmed on Tuesday.

The PA has taken flak from many Palestinian activists for thwarting the arson attacks and “serving as guards for Jewish settlers.”

Critics of the PA said what happened in Nablus over the past few days proves that security coordination between the Palestinian security forces and the IDF is continuing despite growing tensions in the West Bank.

Additionally, the PA leadership has faced widespread criticism for allegedly failing to “defend Palestinians against settlers’ aggression.”

The first attempt to torch Joseph’s Tomb took place last Friday, when more than 50 Palestinians, some armed with Molotov cocktails, tried to march toward the site.

PA security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse the attackers, who were unable to reach Joseph’s Tomb.

The second attempt occurred on Sunday evening, when more than 200 Palestinians from the nearby Balata refugee camp tried to storm the site.

The rioters were stopped by scores of PA security officers who cordoned off the area and prevented them from approaching it.

Palestinian activists in Nablus said the attempts to torch Joseph’s Tomb came in response to “settler crimes” against Palestinians in the northern West Bank over the past few weeks.

The PA security forces received “clear and firm” instructions to prevent any harm to Joseph’s Tomb, the security official said.

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