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Mosque torched near Ramallah

19 June 2012 General 14 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

by Itamar Fleishman, Ynetnews.com

Suspected ‘price tag’ act in village of Jaba: ‘War has begun’ and ‘Pay the price’ spray-painted on mosque two weeks before scheduled evacuation of Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood. Netanyahu, Barak condemn ‘irresponsible’ act

Suspected ‘price tag': Unknown assailants torched and spray-painted Hebrew slogans on a mosque in the village of Jaba, southeast of Ramallah. Damage was caused to the building.

The slogans read, “Ulpana war” “The war has started” and “Pay the price.” IDF and police forces are canvassing the area. It is suspected the vandalism was a “price tag” act.

Military sources said in response, “Apart from the moral failing, this type of event presents real danger to the security enjoyed by the settlers.”

Slogan on mosque reads 'Ulpana war' (Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem)

Slogan on mosque reads ‘Ulpana war’ (Photo: Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the act, saying “It is an act of intolerant and irresponsible hooligans and we will act swiftly to bring them to justice.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak also commented on the incident, saying “it is a deplorable act, which is aimed at harming the fabric of life in the area and distract the IDF and security forces from their mission. I have instructed the IDF to use all measures to apprehend the assailants.”

Torched mosque (Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem)

Torched mosque (Photo: Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem)

Yesha Council head Danny Dayan also condemned the act and did not rule out the possibility that settlers were involved in the event.

‘We’ll rebuild burnt mosques’

Many of the villagers gathered outside the mosque Tuesday morning where IDF and police forces also assembled. “They (the perpetrators) should know that if they get caught doing this they could be killed,” said one of the residents. “They should be careful.”

Council head Abdul Karim Shraf said that the arson was first discovered at around 1:30 am. “Three-hundred people went over to help. We then found out that graffiti was sprayed on the walls, racist slurs. We weren’t surprised, this is what the settlers do – torch and desecrate houses of worship.”

Residents gather outside mosque (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Residents gather outside mosque (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

One of the residents, Mohammed Thawam, said that inside the mosque they found max boxes with Hebrew writing. “A small part of the mosque had been burned,” he said. “We put out the fire 15 minutes after first detecting it.” He said that police and army forces arrived at the scene at 5 am and began investigating the incident.

Palestinian Religious Endowments Minister Mahmoud al-Habash arrived at the village to assess the damage and said that PA will restore the mosque. “The only solution is that the settlers leave our land,” he said. “We started putting cameras in mosques and establishing popular committees to protect them.”

'We shall protect our mosques' (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

‘We shall protect our mosques’ (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Al-Habash accused Israeli politicians and religious leader of encouraging these types of occurrences. “Israeli religious leaders incite and give the green light for these actions against the Palestinian people but we shall hold on to our land and restore all that has been destroyed. Even if you burn a mosque or 1,000 trees every day, we shall rebuild and replant them.”

Ulpana eviction raises concerns

Suspicions for “price tag” acts were raised several times over the past few weeks following the impending evacuation of Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood.

Last week, the tires of four cars belonging to east Jerusalem residents parked near Shufat werepunctured. The word “Ulpana” was found painted over one of the cars.

Several days earlier, the tires of 14 vehicles were punctured in the integrated community of Neve Shalom. The words “Death to Arabs” “Revenge” and “Regards from the Ulpana” were spray-painted on three cars.

The slogan “Regards from Havat Gilad, revenge” was also found on the wall of an elementary school.

Elior Levy contributed to this report

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14 Comments »

  1. “An attack on any religious house of worship is an attack on every house of worship.” Not really, I’m pretty sure that the West-Bro Baptist Church doesn’t care. In fact their are probably happy.

  2. They torched their own grave thats what they did….

  3. We all believe in the same God, just as we all live under the same sky. I really wish more people would accept this and end violence and hatred towards another just because other people find the same holiness from a different perspective.

  4. chrsitopher langis…. Go back to the crusaders ull be ashamed of christians (im not being sarcastic u needed this reply ) And secondly if a muslim becomes a shit hole it has nothing to do with islam …

  5. As disgusting as this desecration may be, we mustn’t forget that it is documented that Palestinians have been desecrating historic Jewish tombs in Israel and on Palestinian territory, as well as cemeteries in Europe. Whether it is an act of Islamophobia or Anti-Semitism, both cases are horribly wrong and people need to respond in a rational manner to bring those who committed these acts to justice.

  6. As disgusting as this desecration may be, we mustn’t forget that it is documented that Palestinians have been desecrating historic Jewish tombs in Israel and on Palestinian territory, as well as cemeteries in Europe. Whether it is an act of Islamophobia or Anti-Semitism, both cases are horribly wrong and people need to respond in a rational manner to bring those who committed these acts to justice.

  7. If I am not mistaken the crusades were a response to the muslim invasion of north africa and spain.

  8. Christopher Langis, what does your remark have to do with the desecration of a Mosque? Your remarks are totally irrelevant.

  9. Christopher Langis, what does your remark have to do with the desecration of a Mosque? Your remarks are totally irrelevant.

  10. Christopher = david duke

  11. langis. The first territory conquered by the Muslims was Syria. Why did the Muslims invade Syria? Because they assassinated a Muslim ambassador, and instead of handing the culprit over, the Christians sent an army to defend the murderer. As for countries like Palestine and Egypt, perhaps u should read letter from the Popes. They sent letters to the Caliph to secure their religious freedoms if they allowed the Muslims to take control away from the Byzantines. It seems like u only look at history from a Christian standpoint. Can only assume u lived ur entire life in the US.

  12. Can only assume you have been reading muslim fantasies and canards.

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