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Group sets fire to Joseph's Tomb in West Bank

POSTED: October 19, 2015 1:19 p.m.
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Violent conflict in the West Bank led to Joseph's Tomb being set on fire last week. This isn't the only artifact that's been attacked because of violence.

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Increasing violence between Palestinians and Israeli forces last week led to a group of Palestinians setting fire to the compound that houses Joseph’s Tomb — a religious site in the West Bank, according to CNN.

The tomb, which authorities report has been mostly unharmed, is believed to be “the final resting place of Joseph, a high Israelite patriarch and son of Jacob who, according to biblical accounts, was sold into slavery as a boy but then rose to become a powerful figure in ancient Egypt, second only to the pharaoh,” CNN reported.

Jewish believers will sometimes pray by the tomb, and Christian followers also honor the tomb, CNN reported.

This isn’t the first time in recent months that a piece of religious architecture has been affected by violent conflict. As I reported back in August, reports suggested that the extremist Islamic group ISIS had destroyed the Temple of Bel, a 2,000-year-old historical site that honors ancient Palmyrene gods. It was later discovered the temple hadn’t been destroyed.

This news came a week after ISIS reportedly destroyed the Baalshamin temple, which was meant to honor two gods from pre-Christian days, as I wrote.
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