GAZA CITY, Nov 7 — The Islamic Jihad movement called Thursday for a “day of rage” the following day in solidarity with Jerusalem and the A-Aqsa mosque.
An Islamic Jihad leader, Muhammad al-Harrazin, said in a statement that the movement’s agenda focuses on “mobilizing and recruiting” the public in support of Jerusalem.
Al-Harrazin added that facing this critical and fateful stage that Jerusalem is going through, a popular revolution is necessary.
He called upon Palestinians to organize marches expressing rage and to defend and protect Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and holy sites.
Meanwhile, hundreds of right-wing Israeli settlers under heavy military escort visited at Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp east of Nablus early Thursday morning.
Palestinian security sources told a Ma’an reporter that more than 30 Israeli military vehicles escorted ten settler buses to the site at dawn.
The settlers performed religious rites throughout the early morning hours.
A group of young Palestinian men gathered in the area hurling stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas canisters and stun grenades.
No casualties were reported.
Israeli settlers frequently visit Joseph’s Tomb under the protection of Israeli forces, who regularly raid local Palestinian villages and fire tear gas into the neighboring Balata refugee camp during these visits.
Though the site lies in an area under Palestinian authority deep in the West Bank, it is fully controlled by Israeli forces.
Palestinians believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yusef Dweikat, a local religious figure. Others believe that the tomb belongs to the Biblical patriarch Joseph. The area is sacred to Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Muslims alike.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.