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April 24, 2011

PA Police Shoot on Car of Worshippers, Killing One and Wounding 4 Others

Early Sunday morning, Palestinian Authority police officers shot at a group of 15 Breslev Hassidim leaving a prayer service at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Ben Yosef Livnat, a married father of four who is a nephew of Knesset member Limor Livnat, was shot dead and several others were wounded, some seriously. The shooting took place as the three carloads of Hassidim left Joseph's Tomb in PA controlled territory. They had not coordinated their visit in advance with the IDF. According to the head of the Samaria regional council,, Breslev hassidim routinely attempt to enter Joseph's Tomb without coordination. He said that the Palestinian Police are familiar with this regular occurrence, and would have no reason to shoot at the worshippers. After the incident, Palestinians rioted and set fires near Joseph's tomb. Read about it here and here.

The burning question on Israelis' minds is how such an incident bodes for Israel's security and freedom of worship under a Palestinian state?

Posted by rh at April 24, 2011 05:55 AM


Jewish extremists provoke Palestinian outrage..cry 'victim'..expect Israel to massively attack West Bank. or, innocent worshippers ambushed by Palestinian terrorist. Which headline would get your sympathy? I really wish there was some balance to the news reporting and that people would look beyond stereotypes and their own agenda.

Posted by: bradd lee at April 24, 2011 11:43 AM

So what are you saying, Bradd -- that worshipping at a Joseph's Tomb is extremism? That worshippers provoked Palestinians by praying at their holy site and therefore deserved to be killed by outraged Palestinians? Are you saying that Jews should not be allowed to pray anywhere the Palestinians do not want them? That they deserve therefore to be shot dead?

Beneath your guise of "balance" and eschewing "stereotypesm" you are displaying run-of-the-mill anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments, recognizable by all objective observers.

Posted by: naomi at May 3, 2011 01:11 PM

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