Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jews at Joseph's tomb fire on Palestinian police...wait, what?

One of the most sacred places for Jews is Joseph's tomb.  In PA territory and controlled by them also, it is difficult for the many Jews who want to go there and pray to get permission to go on one of the buses provided, so many take private cars and go at night when it is quieter and less crowded.  Unfortunately the PA soldiers and police do not like Jews visiting their own spiritual grave site, thus the gunfire and the murder of innocent Israelis.

From YNET News April 24 by Yair Altman

Witness: Shooters yell Allahu Akbar

Breslov Hassid injured in shooting tells Ynet: They were shooting to kill, It was crazy. Incident fatality Ben-Yosef Livnat will be buried today in Jerusalem  

A group of Breslov Hassidim's regular twilight visit to Palestinian controlled Joseph's Tomb in Nablus came to a tragically violent end Sunday: According to one of the Breslovers, Palestinian police officers fired at the convoy as they were on their way in to the Tomb.

The fire continued as they drove out, killing Ben-Yosef Livnat, a 24 year-old father of four from Jerusalem and the nephew of Minister Limor Livnat, and injuring five others.

The Palestinians have a different versions to the Sunday events. A joint Palestinian-IDF investigation continues.

Minister Limor Livnat is en route to the settlement of Elon Moreh to meet the deceased's family. The funeral will take place in Jerusalem.

One of the Breslovers who was in the second car in the convoy and was lightly wounded told Ynet: "We arrived at the tomb like on many occasions in the past. Near the tomb we saw a spikes chain. One of the guys jumped out of the car and moved it aside.

"At this point a uniformed Palestinian police officer with a Kalashnikov in a jeep woke his colleagues up and they started firing into the air…I was in the front seat. We started driving fast in the direction of the tomb; we got out of the vehicles and kissed the tomb.

"When we got back to the vehicles the police shot at the vehicles, they were screaming 'Allahu Akbar'. It was crazy, they were shooting to kill. I screamed at the driver to drive out of there quickly. When we got to Har Bracha we attended to the wounded."

Running wild

Meanwhile the brother of the 17 year-old injured in the incident told Ynet that his brother and his friends went into Nablus without first coordinating the visit and knew that what they were doing was dangerous.

"When the entries are coordinated nothing happens, this time they entered without coordinating, it was criminal on their part," he explained. "To them this is all about the action and these are the consequences when you run wild."

Chairman of the 'Yesod Olam' association Haim Reicher who is responsible for arranging entries to holy gravesites in the West Bank also visited the injured in hospital. Reicher said that Sunday's foray into Joseph's Tomb was done without his coordination....

What the Breslovers did may have been a breach of protocol, but that is no reason to shoot to kill.  Oh wait, what does the Qur'an say about this....9-29, 9-111, 8-60 just to name a few. 

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