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Israeli Settlers Torch Palestinian Mosque in the Village of Aqraba


When it’s not the IDF destroying mosques in Gaza (203 were damaged, 73 completely destroyed in the recent “Protective Edge” operation), count on the Settlers to pick up where they left off and continue the destruction.

via. Haaretz

Vandals torched a mosque in the West Bank village of Aqraba early Tuesday morning, causing light damage to the structure.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli settlers arrived at the Abu Bakr mosque compound after midnight, spray-painted graffiti using the words “price tag” and “Kahane” (referring to the late, ultra-right-wing Meir Kahane), then poured gasoline on the first floor of the mosque and set it on fire. That part of the mosque serves as the women’s prayer area.

In addition to the destruction from the fire, the mosque’s windows were shattered and its door was also damaged.

Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said some of the village residents had chased after the settlers, but they fled. Many residents arrived at the mosque to help extinguish the flames before they could spread to the rest of the structure.

As of Tuesday morning, Israeli police and army officials had yet to arrive at the mosque to gather evidence.

Douglas said Tuesday’s incident is part of a long line of settler attacks, driven by racism and hatred, against Palestinian property and houses of worship. He added that such attacks could spark violence and prevent a future peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Aqraba is situated in the Nablus district of the Palestinian Authority, not far from the Israeli settlement of Tapuah. There have been a number of confrontations between Palestinians and Tapuah settlers in the last two weeks.

Two settlers were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of attacking Palestinians.

Palestinian olive trees in the area have also been uprooted and graffiti scrawled nearby that referred to a West Bank settler who was indicted for torching a Palestinian-owned car.

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  • Seeker


  • Seeker

    Thank you.

  • Thee1tooth

    Chosen people indeed….

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch
  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    I assume this really isn’t your last comment on this but in any case, here’s hoping.

    Are these rhetorical questions? No, science doesn’t answer whether God exists. If your point is that science is completely unreliable then your position is untenable and contrary to the tradition which you poorly grasp and turn into a type of idol. Ghazali, a far greater champion of Sunnism than even yourself believed that scripture was subordinate to reason
    “al-Ghazali is in fact rather explicit in stating that on matters pertaining to scientific demonstrations, Muslims should not argue with philosophers. Indeed he goes so far as to claim that when a scientific demonstration contradicts a hadith (Saying of the Prophet), it is more suitable to reject the latter as unsoundly transmitted; similarly, when any other scriptural proof text fails to conform to the demonstrated conclusions of reason, the former must be interpreted allegorically. In other words, there is practically no doubt that al-Ghazali gives authority to reason over transmitted sciences. His other works, including those on law and legal theory, include sentiments such as “reason is the source of transmitted knowledge” and sharp attacks against the blind imitation (taqlid) of authority.”

    Muslims are free to have any view or follow whatever version of science they want, you are the one constraining and limiting that through innuendo, homophobia, racism and bigotry.

    As for an alternative to BDS we’ll wait for you O’ wise one to come up with a proper, acceptable tactic.

  • Just_Stopping_By


    And response by the organizer.

    I think it’s worth reading both pieces, as they each make interesting points. I do have to point out my disagreement with Saeed’s apparently pejorative reference to “bridges, interfaith, dialogue and other such nouns,” both in substance and grammar: “interfaith” is an adjective, not a noun. Despite that, her piece is still worth reading.

  • Anonymous

    That’s the thing with many bigots and racists, they’re naturally cowards and will attack the weak and defenseless or will attack in groups, never alone.
    Notice how almost all attacks against muslims have all been against women or the elderly and never men in their prime.

  • Mifeng86

    Notice how he isn’t accosting any of the men? Wussy.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Is this an ideological volte face? It remains to be seen. They still proclaim loudly to be anti-Zionist.

    What skin do you have in the game when you oppose BDS?

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Yes 1.6 billion Muslims are going to vanish…or is it that you can’t countenance Muslims who don’t agree with your brand that consists of a small band of Muslims.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    No I didn’t write “blow me,” I told a commenter who believes homosexuality is simply about choice to go blow someone to prove that it is a choice.

    I actually edited that comment because it’s a poor response to those who ignore all the science on the subject such as yourself.

    You rarely bring anything beneficial to discussions, much of what you write is filled with hate. And again, yes you will be banned for any racist comments.

  • Seeker

    Article please ?

  • The greenmantle

    So much hate in that picture you could bottle it .

    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    Sounds cool ( am reading this before making green tomato chutney today! )

    Sir David

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