Jews have lived in Judea and Samaria since biblical days. That's why these sections are so important to us. Today a group of 5 Jews visited Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, Shechem, Samaria without proper permission that nowdays is deemed necessary. A group comprising 5 religious Jews may not have been aware of this. Were they told by some admissions person that they couldn't enter and were turned away? No. A Palestinian policeman shot and killed one of of them and wounded the other 4. Good grief! They entered the area without coordinating it with the Palestinian Authority, stated the governor of Nablus, Jibreen al-Bakri. Evidently under the Palestinian Authority this is reason enough to shoot and kill Jews. Wanting to pray without proper permission!
The Jewish man killed was only in his mid 20's, Ben-Yosef Livnat, a nephew of Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. The policeman's excuse to fire at them all was that he identified suspicious movements. These 5 people were members of the ultra-Orthodox and would have been easily identified by their black clothing. Most ultra orthodox don't even serve in the IDF, and would not have been reaching for any guns. They were there purely for religious purposes. It's common for the religious to want to pray at tombs of our ancestors.
Netanyahu has condemned the killing and demanded that the Palestinians take harsh steps against the killer. Ehud Barak, Defense Minister, said just because there was a lack of coordination doesn't justify a shooting.
Livnat, at her nephew's funeral said the murderer was a terrorist in the guise of a Palestinian policeman. The reaction of Jews living near Nablus was angry of course, and some threw stones at Palestinian cars near the city.
500,000 Jews live in Judea and Samaria where there are 2.5 million Palestinians also living there including East Jerusalem. Palestinians are angry that these sacred places are on the land they want for their state. Good grief! Whatever are they planning to do to our holy sites if this is how they are now treating our religious Jews? This isn't how Israel treats Christian tourists. They are made to feel most welcome. I can see that there's going to be a lot of fun if Palestine is ever made official.
On second thought, it's been the Arab terrorists who have attacked Jews in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem. Israelis haven't had surprise attacks on Arab enclaves. Who on earth were these orthodox Jews going to harm at a Tomb? Is it an area populated with many Arabs? I doubt that very much. The only weapon an orthodox Jew would be carrying under his black coat would be a pistol, not a rifle. What common sense would there be in shooting a lone policeman? It's not something any Jew would think of doing, whether he be even in the disguise of an orthodox Jew or not. Was this policeman the best that Nablus Arabs had? Is this a case of -what they would do to us they expect us to do to them? It could be a reflection of how terrible they are being educated in their schools which teach them to hate Israelis so terribly much.
11:26am: Update: It has just been reported that Joseph's Tomb is now engulfed in flames. An Arab mob has set fire to it.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/04/muslim-policemen-shouting-allahu-akbar-open-fire-on-jews-praying-at-josephs-tomb.html- wounded reporting more about incident, intent to kill Jews