Friday, December 17, 2004

Joseph's Tomb

This is a photo of Joseph's tomb, taken circa 1900:

Note what is missing - any sign of the major 'Palestinian' metropolis of Nablus.
This photo from 1900 shows the impressive compound around Joseph's Tomb, well maintained, and with a wide carriage road for Jewish visitors who came regularly to pray at the holy site. A small Arab village is seen at the right with 8 houses, otherwise all is vacant. After the 1967 6-day war and the prosperity that the Israeli presence brought, the sleepy Arab town of Nablus (Shechem) expanded from a population of 30,000 to more than 160,000 today, swallowing the small villages around it, and surrounding the holy site with urban sprawl.
A collection of photos of the tomb over the years can be found here, and its current condition is documented here.

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