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May 17, 2012

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Thursday May 17, 2012 09:45 by William Temple – 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported today that the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court has awarded legal and administrative custody over Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus in the middle West Bank to two rabbis who have been involved in organizing visits to the site without the army’s permission. Nablus is under full Palestinian control since the Oslo Accords were signed. They require both sides to refrain from unilateral changes in the status quo.

Soldiers and an ultra-Orthodox man praying at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus last year.

Rabbis Shlomo Ben-Shimon and Mordechai Gross, who head the organization Shechem Ehad (“One Nablus”), had asked the court to recognize them as the site’s sole legal custodians, asserting that unspecified “army officials” had asked them to set up “a legal entity that will manage, operate and supervise the holy site” so…

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