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New York - OU Condems Attack on Mosque in Israel

Published on: October 3, 2011 02:50 PM
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Israeli president Shimon Peres (C) accompanied of Israeli Chief Rabbis (L) and Sheikh Mohamad Quiwan (C-R) as he inspects a mosque in northern Israel which was torched overnight in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangaria, located in the Upper Galilee, on 03 October 2011. Vandals torched the mosque in northern Israel in a suspected revenge attack by right-wing extremists that sparked a 'furious' response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  EPA/MENAHEM KAHANA / POOL AFP POOLNew York - In response to the recent reported events of Israeli extremists vandalizing an Islamic mosque in the Galilee village of Tuba-Zangariyye, the following statement was issued by Dr. Simcha Katz, president, and Rabbi Steven Weil, executive vice president, of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America:

We condemn the reported acts of vandalism, in which Israelis are alleged to have entered a mosque and set fire to it, destroyed holy objects and wrote hateful graffiti messages on the walls. There is no justification for such actions.


Jewish synagogues and holy sites, in Israel and across the globe, have been similarly vandalized and desecrated over the course of history and, thus, Jews should know very well that such actions are beyond the pale.

We support the efforts of the Israeli authorities to investigate this matter and bring those responsible to justice.

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 03:45 PM Swiss Says:

That's the minimum that could be done.
Americans, stop funding these extreme right wing lunatics.!!!


 Oct 03, 2011 at 05:29 PM Anonymous Says:

This is beyond humanity!!! Huge chillul hashem!!! These thugs need to captured ASAP!!!


 Oct 03, 2011 at 07:01 PM Torah36 Says:

There are many cases where acts of violence have been conducted in a manner that framed innocent people - or groups of people. Just because someone is capable of spray painting "price tag" in Hebrew doesn't prove anything.

Imagine convicting someone of a crime because the true criminal wrote their name. That would be careless (to say the least). We also remember the Mohammed al Dura video where Israel was wrongly accused of killing. Israel's innocence was proven in a French court.

Remember, generally, when someone (or a group) is accused of a wrongdoing, we should wait for clear proof that a specific person committed the crime. All the more so as we approach Yom Kippur.

G'mar Chasima tova.


 Oct 03, 2011 at 08:24 PM wise~man Says:

It may be possible that this is a setup to frame right wingers.........
It may have been done by left wingers or Palestinian thugs.......
Lets not jump to conclusions......


 Oct 03, 2011 at 08:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Does such a condemnation apply only to the acts of certain private individual pogrom makers, or does the OU believe it also applies to the collective power of the army of the State of Israel when it destroyed two dozen mosques in Gaza? I don't understand the logic.........


 Oct 03, 2011 at 09:20 PM esther Says:

Reply to #1  
Swiss Says:

That's the minimum that could be done.
Americans, stop funding these extreme right wing lunatics.!!!

even if yidden really did this ,and we don't know that yet,we need to look at the continuous,sometimes brutal injustices perptratrated by the goverment against the settlers.desperate people do desperate things.


 Oct 03, 2011 at 10:02 PM Anonymous Says:

The OU should go back to giving kosher certification on halva and jelly rings and stay out of politics. No one cares what they say


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