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West Bank - Settlers Vandalize, Set Fire to Mosque in Kasra

Published on: September 5, 2011 07:34 AM
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A Palestinian man looks down on a graffiti of the Star of David spray painted on a wall of a mosque torched and vandalized by arsonists in the West Bank village of Qusra, near Nablus, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. Arsonists tossed two tires into the first floor study hall of a new mosque in the West Bank village of Qusra and set them ablaze, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Monday. No one claimed responsibility for the blaze. But the proximity to the Migron demolitions raised suspicion that the mosque fire was what settlers call "price tag", namely, retaliation against Palestinians for actions the Israeli government takes against settlers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)A Palestinian man looks down on a graffiti of the Star of David spray painted on a wall of a mosque torched and vandalized by arsonists in the West Bank village of Qusra, near Nablus, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. Arsonists tossed two tires into the first floor study hall of a new mosque in the West Bank village of Qusra and set them ablaze, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Monday. No one claimed responsibility for the blaze. But the proximity to the Migron demolitions raised suspicion that the mosque fire was what settlers call "price tag", namely, retaliation against Palestinians for actions the Israeli government takes against settlers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

West Bank - Settlers set fire to a mosque south of Nablus early Monday morning, in an apparent “price tag” attack following the earlier demolition of three homes in the Migron outpost, the Ma’an news agency quoted Palestinian sources as saying.

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Ma’an quoted the sources as saying the settlers stormed the mosque in the West Bank village of Qusara, smashing glass and setting fire to a number of tires within the mosque.

Rabbis for Human Rights corroborated the report, saying that the building was also vandalized with graffiti and the fire damaged the first floor of the structure in which the mosque is housed, but did not destroy it.

The organization also speculated that the arson incident was a “price tag” attack in retribution for the demolition at  Migron. “Price tag” is a phrase right-wing settlers have adopted to signal retribution for any Israeli moves against settlement-outposts built without government authorization.

Police officers entered the mosque to retrieve forensic findings.

Police added that the mosque was not in use, and did not have holy books in it.


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 Sep 05, 2011 at 07:44 AM arab propoganda Says:

arabs burn their own mosques and then blame jewish settlers this is a lie from the arab propoganda its a shame that a jewish website brings it as a fact i gues it is the satmer propoganda as well that zionist are bad

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 08:29 AM Bob Says:

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arab propoganda Says:

arabs burn their own mosques and then blame jewish settlers this is a lie from the arab propoganda its a shame that a jewish website brings it as a fact i gues it is the satmer propoganda as well that zionist are bad

As a matter of a fact it comes from the Jerusalem Post. So unless satmar run the J Post I can't understand what you said.

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 09:08 AM shredready Says:

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arab propoganda Says:

arabs burn their own mosques and then blame jewish settlers this is a lie from the arab propoganda its a shame that a jewish website brings it as a fact i gues it is the satmer propoganda as well that zionist are bad

Rabbis for Human Rights corroborated the report, saying that the building was also vandalized with graffiti and the fire damaged the first floor of the structure in which the mosque is housed, but did not destroy it.


what about them. I am sure they are not satmar

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 09:15 AM Shlomo2 Says:

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Bob Says:

As a matter of a fact it comes from the Jerusalem Post. So unless satmar run the J Post I can't understand what you said.

Fine; it's not Satmar, but the Jerusalem Post's new left-wing editor.

A small limmud zechus on the Jerusalem Post is that their headline is in quotes, to make it clear that they are reporting what was being said by another news agency, quoting Palestinian sources.

In any event, they should not have written even that. Why believe Palestinian sources and how would anyone know who did this, if it occurred at all?

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 09:40 AM momk Says:

Did anyone notice the last sentence? " Police added that the mosque was not in use, and did not have holy books in it." This was a show of "price tag" violence without really hurting anyone.

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 10:06 AM Phineas Says:

If it's true, it's inexcusable

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 10:43 AM Anonymous Says:

The incident has been affirmed by several Israeli media sources and is consistent with what the settlers have threatened to do whenever the police destroy illegal structures and buildings in the west bank. Their intention is to punish the Palestinians for the actions of the security forces in the hope that it will trigger retaliation and more violence. If their intent is to "make the government pay", why don't these fanatical settlers burn yiddeshe mosdos and shuls since the Palestinians in these cases have done nothing to warrant this vandalism and arson?

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 10:54 AM Guido Says:

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arab propoganda Says:

arabs burn their own mosques and then blame jewish settlers this is a lie from the arab propoganda its a shame that a jewish website brings it as a fact i gues it is the satmer propoganda as well that zionist are bad

..incredible... your comment feels a lot more like propaganda than your jewish website's reporting. By the way, is the website Jewish only?

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 11:08 AM Shlomo2 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The incident has been affirmed by several Israeli media sources and is consistent with what the settlers have threatened to do whenever the police destroy illegal structures and buildings in the west bank. Their intention is to punish the Palestinians for the actions of the security forces in the hope that it will trigger retaliation and more violence. If their intent is to "make the government pay", why don't these fanatical settlers burn yiddeshe mosdos and shuls since the Palestinians in these cases have done nothing to warrant this vandalism and arson?

The whole reason that the settlement homes were dismantled was because of a phony claim from this village that the land is theirs.

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 11:15 AM kvetcher Says:

Has anyone been arrested? Charged? Any leads on suspects? Not according to this article. Based on the info provided in this article, the mosque was not used and there were no "holy" books in there. Now, imagine yourself as a "fanatical, crazy, right wing" settler, why would you go through all the trouble to vandalize this mosque and risk being caught and lynched by the arabs or beaten by the Israeli police? The answer is that they wouldn't. They would most likely vandalize an active mosque that contained "holy" books as this would inflict more damage and send a greater message. Now, put yourself in an arab mind frame. If you wanted to embarrass the Israelis and show that they are religious fanatics and racists, what better way then to "vandalize" an out of commission mosque, its win win. You wouldn't be affected because the mosque is not used any way and nothing "holy" has been destroyed, it will make the Israelis look bad and maybe the Israeli government will even help with reconstruction and funding. And all this will also "coincidentally" occur within days of an important UN vote.

I'm not saying that this is what happened. All I'm saying is that people shouldn't believe and accept everything they read/hear/see in the news.

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 11:21 AM anonymous Says:

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Bob Says:

As a matter of a fact it comes from the Jerusalem Post. So unless satmar run the J Post I can't understand what you said.

The Jerusalem Post is notoriously left-wing & anti-settlers. their editorials are disgusting. Not inconceivable that they'd lend cover to this being an arab act trying to frame the right-wing Jews.

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 11:49 AM Anonymous Says:

If this were a shul you could be sure it would be on CNN and BBC. It would be called a kristalnacht. So why the silence?

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 12:03 PM esther Says:

their intention is to trigger retaliation? on what can you possibly be basing that on? i would think their intention is to show they're not gonna sit back and take this garbage!

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 02:08 PM HaNavon Says:

Rachmanah litzlan!!! Why would you burn down a mosque?! It is a makom tfillah!!! You're even allowed to dovin there!

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 Sep 05, 2011 at 04:03 PM esther Says:

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HaNavon Says:

Rachmanah litzlan!!! Why would you burn down a mosque?! It is a makom tfillah!!! You're even allowed to dovin there!

you always say the same dumb thing every time there's one of these stories.a mosque is also a place where it's religious leaders often exhort worshippers to kill jews.

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 Sep 06, 2011 at 12:13 AM Wilcow Says:

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HaNavon Says:

Rachmanah litzlan!!! Why would you burn down a mosque?! It is a makom tfillah!!! You're even allowed to dovin there!

Actually, you should not pasken from sources where you are paskening from. Just because its not one of the big three doesnt make it muttar.

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