Illegal Israeli Jewish Settler Terrorists Burn a
Mosque in the West Bank
PIC, [ 08/06/2011 - 09:06 PM ]
From Khalid Amayreh in the
Suspected Jewish terrorists on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011, torched
a mosque in central West Bank, police sources and eyewitnesses said.
Initial investigation showed that Jewish settlers from the nearby
illegal Israeli settlement of Bait Ayen committed the sacrilegious act
by rolling burning tires into the medium size mosque.
sources said the arson was meant to protest the demolition by the
Israeli army last week of a settler shack in the area.
Israeli government condemned the terrorist act, calling it criminal
The settlers call such attacks on Palestinians and their property an
"a price tag policy."
However, it is widely believed that the
Israeli security authorities, probably under instructions from
pro-settlers government, don't usually act decisively to apprehend and
This is the fifth mosque in the West Bank
that has been torched by settlers in the past two years. Not a single
perpetrator has been arrested, probably due to the perceived lenient
approach taken by the government and army toward the settlers.
One of the leaders of the settlers named Itamar Ben Gvir sought to
justify the arson, saying settler anger had consequences.
Palestinian officials accused the settlers and their backers in the
Israeli government and army of trying to carry out a protracted
kristalnacht against Palestinians.
Kristalnacht or night of broken glass occurred in Nazi Germany in
November 1938 when Hitler Youth vandalized Jewish property including
synagogues, inflicting extensive damage.
despicable acts like this raise no eyebrows among Jews in Israel. And
even when they do, the reactions are usually insincere and hypocritical,
given the overwhelming support settlers enjoy in Israel."
al Habbash, the Palestinian Authority's minister of Wakf and Islamic
Affairs, accused the settlers of "defiling the name of God"
"These people claim to be religious people but look what they are doing.
He called on honest people all over the world to expose and isolate
these genocidal and fanatical extremists who are hell bent on igniting
the flames of religious wars in the region."
"A few weeks ago,
they sought to burn a church in Jerusalem, and now they have burned a
mosque. This shows that these people who carry a virulent venomous
ideology must be evicted."
Another condemnation came from Sheikh
Muhammed Hussein, a Friday imam at the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem who also
serves as the PA Mufti. He pointed out that settler attacks on mosques
and churches were becoming a policy.
He accused the Israeli
government and security authorities of dealing leniently with Jewish
"I can say that the extremely lenient reaction by the
Israeli government to Jewish terror only further encourages this
Most of Jewish settlers in the West Bank are affiliated
with an extremist Jewish messianic group called Gush Emunim (block of
faithful." They are indoctrinated in a nearly genocidal ideology which
advocates expulsion, enslavement or extermination for non-Jews living in
This ideology, which used to have a marginal
presence in Israel, has become quite prevalent among Israeli Jews,
prompting some observers and intellectuals to compare the situation in
Israel with Nazi Germany in the mid-1930s.
Israeli cabinet minister remarked a few months ago that "we have already
become a fascist state."
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