|Joseph's Tomb was badly damaged in the blaze-BBC|
At least they got the "sacred Jewish site" part right, but why do they insist it's "Palestinian land" sic? I think of our Land in terms of history, not present day administration. Today, now the PA- is in charge of order, but if Yahoo News is willing to accept that the Tomb is that of the Biblical Joseph, then they should also recognize the ancient Jewish presence in this part of the world.
For Jews, the tomb of Joseph, an Old Testament figure, is a pilgrimage site visited by Jewish settlers and ultra-orthodox faithful known as Haredi Jews.
The Old Testament holds that Joseph, son of Jacob and Rachel, was sold by jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, where he became a pharaoh's minister. Joseph is believed to have been buried well after his death in what is now Nablus, in the northern West Bank.
For Palestinians, the tomb is that of sheikh Yussef Dweikat, who died during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Many historians support that account and estimate that the site was also sacred ground for Samaritans, a Jewish splinter sect. (Yahoo News)
|Hundreds Of Jewish Faithful Pray At Joseph's Tomb In Nablus|
The Jewish Bible and Jewish History predates, precedes Islamic history, and by mentioning the Samaritans who are an ancient off-shoot of the Jewish People, they also strengthen the Jewish tie to the holy site.
Joseph's reburial in the HolyLand is chronicled in the Bible. At the time of the Exodus his remains are removed from Egypt and brought them throughout the long forty year journey until they reached Shechem.
יט וַיִּקַּח מֹשֶׁה אֶת-עַצְמוֹת יוֹסֵף, עִמּוֹ: כִּי הַשְׁבֵּעַ הִשְׁבִּיעַ אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לֵאמֹר, פָּקֹד יִפְקֹד אֱלֹהִים אֶתְכֶם, וְהַעֲלִיתֶם אֶת-עַצְמֹתַי מִזֶּה אִתְּכֶם. 19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him; for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying: 'God will surely remember you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.'
|לב וְאֶת-עַצְמוֹת יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר-הֶעֱלוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרַיִם, קָבְרוּ בִשְׁכֶם, בְּחֶלְקַת הַשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר קָנָה יַעֲקֹב מֵאֵת בְּנֵי-חֲמוֹר אֲבִי-שְׁכֶם, בְּמֵאָה קְשִׂיטָה; וַיִּהְיוּ לִבְנֵי-יוֹסֵף, לְנַחֲלָה.||32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in the parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money; and they became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.|
Remember that this Jewish Bible and all the narrative is included in the Christian one. The story is very clear and concise in these two verses. The Jewish connection to this Land predates that of Islam and Christianity, and there is no existing people in the area with a longer documented history than the Jewish People!