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West Bank - Israeli Settlers Suspected of Torching Palestinian Mosque

Published on: June 19, 2012 07:51 AM
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A Palestinian boy inspect the damage to the Mosque of the West bank village of Jabaa, north of Jerusalem, 19 June 2012. Reports state that Radical Jewish settlers desecrated a mosque in the central West Bank overnight, lighting a fire inside the building and spray-painting slogans on the walls, military officials said 19 June 2012. The Hebrew slogans included: 'The war has started,' 'Pay the price,' and 'Ulpana war.' EPA/ATEF SAFADIWest Bank - Vandals torched and scrawled graffiti on a Palestinian mosque in the West Bank on Tuesday, the Israeli military and police said, and suspicion fell on radical Jewish settlers angry over the looming demolition of an unsanctioned settler enclave.

By July 1, the government has committed to destroying 30 apartments settlers built illegally on privately held Palestinian land. Acts of vandalism against Palestinian property have been expected ahead of that date because radical settlers routinely attack Palestinian targets in retaliation for government settlement policy they oppose.

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The Hebrew-language graffiti spray-painted on the mosque in Kfar Jabaa read, “The war has just begun, you’ll pay the price,” the military spokesman’s office said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack and said authorities would act swiftly to bring the vandals to justice.

“This is an act of intolerant and irresponsible lawbreakers,” he said.

Police said no suspects had been arrested in the predawn attack.

Netanyahu, a longtime settlement champion, unsuccessfully tried to avert a Supreme Court order to demolish the homes of 30 families in the Ulpana enclave near the Beit El settlement. But the court rejected his efforts because the apartments were erected on privately owned Palestinian land, something it outlawed decades ago, even as it authorized settlement construction on other West Bank territory.

The government is trying to work out a deal with the Ulpana families to entice them to leave peacefully. In the meantime, Netanyahu has promised to build hundreds of apartments in Beit El and elsewhere in the West Bank to compensate settlers for the buildings that will be lost.

Israeli construction on lands the Palestinians claim for a future state is at the heart of the current peacemaking deadlock.

Palestinians want all construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem to stop before they will return to the negotiating table. Israel, which captured both territories in 1967, rejects their demand and says talks must proceed without conditions.

Settler leader Dani Dayan condemned the assault on the mosque and said settler involvement wasn’t out of the question. In an interview with Israel Radio, he cautioned that such acts “do immense damage” to the settlement movement.

 

 



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 Jun 19, 2012 at 08:41 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

I for one condemn these actions. And no I am not a liberal!!

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 09:38 AM notsofrummie Says:

same here. these activists are no better than the palestinians that do these. where is the outrage from the israeli leaders. when israelis torch their property everyone is hush. palestinians torch israeli shuls there is national outrage,.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Soldiers are supposed to act for the State. More than some discipline is called for here.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM esther Says:

Reply to #2  
notsofrummie Says:

same here. these activists are no better than the palestinians that do these. where is the outrage from the israeli leaders. when israelis torch their property everyone is hush. palestinians torch israeli shuls there is national outrage,.

your comparison is foolish for many reasons. the settlers have obviously been pushed beyond the limit after years of murders by palis and indifferrence or antagonism from the goverment.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM notsofrummie Says:

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esther Says:

your comparison is foolish for many reasons. the settlers have obviously been pushed beyond the limit after years of murders by palis and indifferrence or antagonism from the goverment.

If these 'settlers' were law abiding citizens and do not set setup shop illegally there wouldnt be so many murders.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM Phineas Says:

it's disgusting behavior and also extremely dangerous. If one of these settlers gets caught in one of these villages, he is probably not getting out alive unless other Israelis risk their own lives to save him.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM R Says:

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esther Says:

your comparison is foolish for many reasons. the settlers have obviously been pushed beyond the limit after years of murders by palis and indifferrence or antagonism from the goverment.

You are absolutely right. I'd venture to say that many people posting here would be equally as frustrated and would act in similar ways to these settlers who are being chased and killed by both the Arabs and the Israeli gov.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM Erlich Says:

These "price tag" lunatics are inciting Palestinian terrorists to perpetrate a massacre on peaceful Israeli settlers r"l.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 04:47 PM TLERMA Says:

Desecration of a place of worship does not santify G-d's name.. quite the opposite, as well as incite hatred of the Jewish people, baseless hatred.

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 Jun 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM esther Says:

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notsofrummie Says:

If these 'settlers' were law abiding citizens and do not set setup shop illegally there wouldnt be so many murders.

so terrorism is actually the jews' fault? do you hear what you're saying?

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 Jun 20, 2012 at 02:37 AM Avreich1 Says:

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R Says:

You are absolutely right. I'd venture to say that many people posting here would be equally as frustrated and would act in similar ways to these settlers who are being chased and killed by both the Arabs and the Israeli gov.

So your belief is that two wrongs make a right, is it?

Just because the Arabs destroy life (c"v) and property does that make it kosher for Jews to do the same thing?

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