Joseph is one of the most well known figures of the Bible. The famous story when he was in Egypt during the famine, how his brothers came to find him and so forth. In fact, when the Jews were leaving Egypt they ensured to take Joseph’s remains with them in order to bury them in the Holy Land. “The bones of Joseph, which the Children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, were buried in Shechem in a parcel of land Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor, father of Shechem, for a hundred pieces of silver ” Joshua 24:32.
Joseph is buried in Shechem, Nabulus in Samaria. Peoples grave sites are holy places in Judaism and often people will go the grave sites of holy, righteous people to pray.
HOWEVER, in the case of Joseph’s Tomb, Jews cannot go freely to pray there. Jospeh’s tomb is located in the Arab city of Nabulus and it is dangerous for a Jew to go there alone. Instead they must go accompanied by IDF.
Too often we hear about the so called “Apartheid in Israel”, where the Arabs are not allowed to go. Where, the Arabs are treated like “second class citizens”. The world needs to wake up and know the truth of the reality. It is Jews that are not allowed to go to certain parts of Israel. It is Jewish lives that are at stake here and threatened, hence the need for the IDF. All we want to do is go and pray at a holy site and yet we can’t.
This is the reality of life for a Jew in the State of Israel in 2017. Things need to change!