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Settlers vandalise West Bank Mosque

Israeli settlers are reported to have set fire to a mosque in a Palestinian town in the occupied West Bank, damaging prayer rugs and a large number of copies of the Quran, as well as spraying anti-Arab graffiti on the walls.

According to witnesses, five Jewish settlers broke into a mosque in Beit Fajjar in the early hours of Monday and set it alight before the morning prayers, Ahmad Thawabteh, the town's mayor, told Al Jazeera.

The Israeli military told Al Jazeera that primary investigations showed Hebrew graffiti and burnt carpets at the mosque, located south of Bethlehem.

Avital Leibovitch, a spokeswoman for Israel's military, said Israeli authorities will bring the guilty parties to justice.

"The Israeli police ... have opened a very widespread investigation; the other security forces in Israel will be a part of [it], as well as Palestinian information that has some contribution to this investigation," she told Al Jazeera.

"We see this incident in a very severe manner. We will do the utmost to find these lawbreakers and bring them to court."

Emotions running high

Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh, reporting from the mosque, said emotions are quite high in the town.

"It was a little before three in the morning when residents saw smoke coming out of the mosque, that they rushed in to put out the fire," she said.

"We heard residents [break] into chants about revenge. Much of the talk here is [calling this a] religious type of attack rather than a politically motivated one."

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from Jerusalem, said: "Certainly this is something that is ratcheting up tensions at a time when the Israeli cabinet are meeting to decide on extending the settlement freeze.

"A mosque was burned in the West Bank earlier this year by settlers who say it was on their land - land that they claim and occupy.

"There is certainly a pattern here. There will be a settler demonstration north of the West Bank today which is also linked to a mosque that the settlers want destroyed."

Illegal settlements

Vandals occasionally spray-paint the words "price tag" on buildings and cars, suggesting that the attacks are the "price" for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb the growth of illegal settlements.

Human-rights groups say the Israeli government does not take the attacks seriously enough.

A report by Amnesty International, the London-based rights group, found that "impunity remains the norm" for settlers accused of vandalism and physical attacks on Palestinians.

The incident in Beit Fajjar comes as Israeli and Palestinian officials prepare to resume indirect negotiations.

Palestinian leaders are pushing for a complete freeze in new Israeli construction in both the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, approved last year a temporary halt in West Bank settlement growth - but it does not apply to East Jerusalem.

Many communities in the West Bank have ignored the order and continued new construction.


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Added: Oct-4-2010 Occurred On: Oct-4-2010
By: mik1867
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Gaza, Zionist, Zionism, West Bank, Mosque, Beit Fajjar, settlers, vandalism, vandals, radical jews
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  • Illegal Israeli settlements are being build for these kind of people to steal more land away from Palestinians and make their lives unbearable in order to make them flee.

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    • your accusations are fabricated just like this story . palywood=fake as you an get. nice try with the propaganda

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    • So there aren't settlers stealing Palestinian land?

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    • Vissual proof? Visit BBC News or Al Jazeera im sure they have plenty of photos of burned Mosques and Qur'ans.

      This is the norm for Palestinians living in the occupied territories.. To get terrorised by these government sponsored settler bastards armed to the teeth

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  • Burn that Mosque to the ground! Good Work!!!

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  • Terrorists..

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  • @ rmacl and jumpingforjoy one day we will burn israel to the ground then we gonna fuck america up asslicker of zionists. jewish peoples haves americaans balls hghhhhhh fuck u.s.a and jahodistan. there will never be israel not her and on the moon hhhh i like to fuck jewish girls they are hairy and tight.

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  • Good; they should level the fukkin things. never belonged there to begin with. Maybe when the Temple Mount is returned to its rightful owners there'll be a tad of tolerance for their other mosques. In the end, the ugly history of Islam building mosques on top of churches, temples, synagogues and houses of prayer from every other religion they've 'conquered' made islam one of the ugliest cultures/cults in world history. Hope the al-aqsa crumbles like a house of cards, along with the 'dome' of More..

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    • So you are saying Christians did not use force to spread their religion?

      As for the rest of what you wrote i dont give a shit.

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    • @mik1867

      The problem with you assholes is that you cant accept the truth!! even when it is put in front of your stupid faces, islam will never ever dominate/conquer Israel or the israelites.
      You keep referring/living in the past you bloody idiot..... thats all that you muji and muji lovers can talk about... christianty came out of the caves centurys ago...the mohammadans are still there living in the past, your god is really great isnt he??

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    • @freeisraelinews

      well said..

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  • Depraved terrorists is all 'settlers' are

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  • Sorry but i have no sympathy with the palestinians/muslims or arabs in general, they seem to beleive it is alright for them to burn books holy relics and destroy buildings of all other peoples denominations/faiths, and at times it seems that it is only the people of Israel that are fighting the Muslim fanatical invaders, on behalf of all Non-Muslims....

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  • send they fucks back to europe they dont belong there anyway.

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