2015-11-11 / Mideast

Site repaired in nighttime operation

Joseph’s Tomb, which was firebombed and vandalized, was repaired in a nighttime operation near the West Bank city of Nablus.

The site was cleaned and painted, the grave marker was restored and the marble covering of the tomb was replaced, according to reports.

The workers took about five hours to complete the repairs. Israeli soldiers guarded the painters, metalworkers, electricians, gardeners and stoneworkers.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan initiated the action, Israel National News reported. Dagan called the torching of the site a “national disgrace,” and criticized the decision to do the work in the middle of the night.

“Our coming here in the dead of night, like thieves, to a place that is unquestionably ours. It’s a difficult feeling,” he said, according to the Times of Israel. (JTA)

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