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Israeli Mosque Torched: Tuba-Zangria Residents March In Protest

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by Amy Teibel

JERUSALEM — Arsonists torched a mosque in an Arab village in northern Israel Monday, setting off protests by residents who clashed with police. Graffiti sprayed at the site suggested Jewish radicals, suspected in other recent mosque fires, were involved.

Palestinians leave after praying at a mosque whose door was vandalized with the Hebrew words "PR (Price Tag) Migron" in the northern West Bank village of Yatma, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Israeli West Bank settlers, meanwhile, came under suspicion Thursday in the latest of a string of attacks against Palestinians and the Israeli military in the West Bank. Two cars were torched and Hebrew-language slogans were spray-painted on a mosque in the Nablus area, and three dozen trees were uprooted from Pa

Palestinians leave after praying at a mosque whose door was vandalized with the Hebrew words "PR (Price Tag) Migron" in the northern West Bank village of Yatma, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Israeli West Bank settlers, meanwhile, came under suspicion Thursday in the latest of a string of attacks against Palestinians and the Israeli military in the West Bank. Two cars were torched and Hebrew-language slogans were spray-painted on a mosque in the Nablus area, and three dozen trees were uprooted from Pa

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said carpet was burned inside the mosque in Tuba-Zangria and interior walls were damaged. Copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, were also burned, Israeli media reported.

The words “price tag” were spray painted on the mosque, Rosenfeld added – a reference to a Jewish settler practice of attacking Palestinians or the Israeli military in retaliation for government operations or attacks against Jewish settlements.

Army Radio reported that the family name of a settler and his infant son killed last week in a car crash near the West Bank town of Hebron was scrawled on a wall of the mosque. Israeli police have said Palestinian rock-throwers struck the man in the head, causing him to lose control of the car.

An official at the mosque, Ali Zangria, told Army Radio that a villager detected smoke rising from the mosque around 2 a.m. and contacted police.

“But everything had already gone up in smoke by then,” he said, ruing that his village had been singled out for attack. “The village is a quiet one and we always had good relations with Jewish residents.”

However, relations between Jews and Arabs in the area have been strained since the chief rabbi in the nearby town of Safed urged followers last year not to rent or sell their homes to Arabs.

About 200 villagers from Tuba-Zangria marched toward a major intersection to protest the arson, intending to block the road, Rosenfeld said. Some demonstrators set tires on fire and stoned police officers, who dispersed the crowd with tear gas, he said. No one was injured and no arrests were reported. There was no sign of unrest inside the village.

Security was heightened across northern Israel to prevent further disturbances and police met with village leaders in an effort to defuse tensions, Rosenfeld said.

Israeli Arabs account for one-fifth of Israel’s population of 7.6 million, and many live in northern Israel.

The mosque was the third burned since the government destroyed structures in an unauthorized Jewish settlement outpost in the West Bank last month. An Israeli military base was also vandalized after the demolitions and threatening graffiti was sprayed at the apartment of a prominent Israeli settlement opponent. Jewish extremists are suspected in all of these incidents.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the mosque arson, and ordered the Shin Bet internal security agency to act quickly to locate the assailants. A text message from his office said he “was fuming when he saw the pictures” and said the attack “ran counter to the values of the state of Israel.”

Most “price tag” actions are carried out in the West Bank, and attacks on mosques inside Israel are rarer.

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  1. […] more: Israeli Mosque Torched: Tuba-Zangria … – Islamophobia Today Share […]

  2. Bunch of Monkey settlers.

  3. come on now Salim, I realize this paper is about Muslims but I noticed that it has not mentioned the Coptic Church that was burned by Muslims a few days ago. Do you think any Bibles were burned in the process?

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/hard-line-muslims-in-egypt-attack-coptic-church-homes-57046/

    People are going crazy on all sides and none seem to be putting their faith into practice.

  4. criley

    true, very true, BUT I think if the muslims and christians (because christians get alot of b.s. from Israel too, because they’re “gentiles”) stopped attacking each other and worked against the Israeli gov. we could have a change. If only

  5. Criley,

    History is repeating itself: Some historical facts for you.

    In 1099 the crusader killed more than 70 000 Muslims when they entered Jerusalem, even

    The leader sent a message to the pope UGUR II and told him our horses are swimming in the blood of the Muslims.

    In the 15th century when Omar entered al Quds he found the crusader had changed the places of worship places where they collected their trash.

    Napoleon he turned the Azhar mosque into stables for his horses and where his soldiers used to get drunk and pissed. Where is Napoleon today? Where is he? Praise be to Allah, al Azhar Mosque is the eye of the Islamic

    The French stayed 130 years in Algeria and even Celebrated that they had finished with the Quran, Now they Algerians PRaying in the streets of PAris.
    ISlam is the religion of Allah, Mohamed peace be upon him has been ranked the most influential person in history. When he passed away one of his closest companion stood up and said, oh you who believe, who ever used to worship Mohamed, now mohamed has died, but whoever used to worship Allah, then Allah is alive. (Obviously no body worshiped Mohamed peacebe pon him)

    Look listen all this what is happening is just a drawn agenda. The Christian Zionist that we hear in our time, believe that in order to JEsus peace be upon him comes back, the Quds Mosque in Jerusalem needs to be destroyed and a jewish temple built.

    With all this Praise be to Allah that we are muslims and not wrong doers.

    It was reported to us that even a woman entered hell fire for stopping a CAT from going out to eat or drink, so what would be the case of the zionists and those who help them for having 1.5 million palestinians in prison, without any humanitarian aids. something for your to think about.

  6. salim

    not even just prison. what about the blockade in gaza in 2008? starving thousands and blocking off all medical supplies? the deir yassin and jenin massacres in ’48 and ’06? No one knows about the jenin massacre, they covered it up good, but I had family there, they knew, they lived it. the 63rd anniversary of the catastrophe where they killed dozens in fear of another uprising. Murder, illegal detention, punishment of families, demolition of homes, destruction of agricultural land, assasination, not allowing ambulances in, abolishing the flotilla which my friend was on, and so on. Imagine the crimes God will put forth on the Day of Judgement, ugh, such a wondrous moment it will be.

  7. Elle,

    Dont worry incha allah those who passed away are in heaven, However I guess we muslims should thank them for what ever they do, because remember they are bringing us democracy.

  8. I bet you will not see this story on fox or CNN or see jay sekelow talking about this

  9. salaam

    yeappp this is America for you. Injustice is served, the just have to find help elsewhere.

  10. “come on now Salim, I realize this paper is about Muslims but I noticed that it has not mentioned the Coptic Church that was burned by Muslims a few days ago. Do you think any Bibles were burned in the process?”

    LOL @Salim.. Did you notice how our friend Criley, Trolled from the occupied and oppressed 60years+ Palestinians Cause, and the treatement they get from the ILLEGAL immigrant, Terrorist settlers. TO a far land issues amongst brothers from different sects of Muslim/christian faiths, AS if the 60+years Situation of Palestinians [ Who Are Oppressed, Occupied, Starved, Ethnically Cleansed By Immigrants From different lands, Who wants to settle BY FORCE on Other People’s Land ] WERE OF EQUAL FOOTING.

    Somehow the US/EURO Christian Zionists are determined “Coup à Coup” TO drive a Huge Wedge between Egypt’s Blood Brothers, Racial Ancestry ONE AND SAME, and That From time Immemorial For 1000’s upon 1000’S upon 1000’s upon 1000’s upon 1000’s… And are Willing to put aside Momentarely Their Deeprooted Judeophobia, to take Care First of Their ONLY in Their Twisted Minds, Imaginary “muslim problem”.

    Criley… Egypt people are the people of ancient Pharaohs, Judaism was started there with Moses the adopted son of a Pharaoh King. Then 1ooo years later the New faith of Jesus came to a section of Egypt. Then 570 years after that, arouse Muhammad with An already familiar Monotheism, but made that Monotheism a very strict, uncompromising One, That there IS ONLY ONE GOD with No partner, and reached Egyp few years later.
    Only God knows how long it took for Christianity and Islam to find homes in Egypt society, But Copts and Muslims, are one and the same people, they’re the Great-Great-Great++++….Grandchildrens of ancient Pharaohs. This is NOT One people immigrating upon another, Middle Eastern Christians and Muslims and Jews(the ones from the middle east, before the “jewish state” was created) Are intertwined, From Common Roots and Origine. And NO One or No Amount Of propangada, Especially From Foreign lands Can Ever, Never drive a Wedge between Them.

  11. Sahra there may not be a wedge but a lot of people are dying over there today over the church burnings.

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