The Washington Post; October 5, 2010
BEIT FAJAR, WEST BANK — Arsonists set fire to a mosque in this Palestinian town early Monday, charring Korans, burning holes into the carpet and scrawling “revenge” in Hebrew near the doorway.
The attack, which residents blamed on Jewish settlers, threatened to stir passions amid a crisis in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks over settlement construction.
It was strongly [and disingenuously] condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Netanyahu’s office said he had ordered the security forces to “act firmly to quickly uncover the criminals and bring them to justice.” Barak said in a statement that “whoever perpetrated this act is a terrorist in every sense of the word, whose sole intention is to hurt the chances of achieving peace and dialogue with the Palestinians.”
[Needless to say, both men are lying. The Zionist government surreptitiously works hand-in-hand with fanatical Jewish settlers with the aim of driving the Palestinians from their rightful land — 800]
The Israeli police and army said an investigation was underway in cooperation with Palestinian security forces.
The arson was the third incident of vandalism in a West Bank mosque in the past year, and it carried a hallmark of previous assaults on Palestinian property: the words “price tag” written on a wall. The term has been used by militant settlers to describe violence against Palestinians in response to moves against settlers by Israeli authorities.
Netanyahu is under intense international pressure to extend a moratorium on new settlement construction after a 10-month freeze expired last week, leading to an effective suspension of the peace negotiations. Settlers have voiced concern that Netanyahu will renew the building restrictions.
Witnesses at Beit Fajar, a major stone-cutting center south of Bethlehem, said that a car carrying several people pulled up at the mosque about 3 a.m. and that a fire was blazing after they left.
“We smelled smoke, and young men outside were shouting that the mosque is on fire,” said Maryam Ismail, who lives across the street. She said neighbors rushed over with hoses and buckets to douse the flames.
Throughout the day, men gathered at the mosque to survey the damage. There were large, scorched gaps in the carpet, linked by a snaking trail of flammable fluid. The walls and ceiling were covered with soot, and a box of singed Korans was removed by Palestinian police officers. “A mosque must be burned,” was scrawled in Hebrew near the door, along with a Star of David.
“This is a crime against the Muslim faith,” said Sheik Kamel Deiriya, a local cleric. “It shows their barbarity. It is part of a conspiracy against the mosques in Palestine.”
Muhammad Ayish, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of Muslim institutions in the Bethlehem area, said the aim of the attack was “to provoke religious feelings” and “inflame the situation, so we go back to zero.”
As if to illustrate his words, a group of boys who arrived on their way home from school held up copies of the Koran and chanted slogans in front of television cameras. “Death to Israel!” they cried. “Death to the Jews!”
[Even though the article is about crimes committed by fanatical Jewish settlers, notice how the Zionist-run Washington Post doesn’t miss a chance to portray the Palestinians as the fanatics — 800]
Residents said that it was the first such attack in Beit Fajar and that there was generally little trouble with neighboring Israeli settlers, who come to the town to purchase stone, which is also shipped to Israel.
Shaul Goldstein, head of the neighboring Gush Etzion settlement council, said that relations with the Palestinians in the area were good and that a group of rabbis from the settlements planned to visit the mosque to express their concern.
Goldstein said he had called Palestinian community leaders to denounce the attack. “I said that we don’t know who did this, but we’re against it,” he said. “Relations are excellent, and somebody is trying to destroy this. We’re working hard against our extremists.” [Why don’t I believe him? — 800]
The above article can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/04/AR2010100407171.html
YNetNews.com; October 22, 2010
The Muslim cemetery at Kafr Qaddum, a West Bank village located some eight miles west of Nablus, was vandalized Friday.
Security forces called to the scene found several headstones desecrated with “Kahane was right” slogans, hailing Rabbi Meir Kahane, the late leader of the radical Kach movement, and Stars of David.
IDF forces launched an investigation and, together with Civil Administration officers, erased the slogans.
IDF and Civil Administration sources told Ynet they viewed the incident as very serious, “Even more serious that the desecration of the mosque several weeks ago,” and one which jeopardizes the area’s fragile stability.
The Judea and Samaria Police launched a concurrent investigation, saying forensic investigators collected evidence from the scene.
Extreme right-wing activist Itamar Ben Gvir, a known Kahane supporter, denied any involvement in the act: “The spraying of slogans the likes of ‘Kahane was right’ is a popular phenomenon, especially as the anniversary of Rabbi Kahane’s murder approaches.
“We had nothing to do with the Kafr Qaddum incident. Personally, I think it’s wrong to desecrate a cemetery, but I’m hardly moved by it. The Mount of Olives cemetery is desecrated daily, and I have yet to hear any condemnation from those shrieking now.”
The above article can be found here: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3973450,00.html
‘Israeli troops blamed for Korans burned during arrest raid’
AFP; October 25, 2010
JAYYUS, Palestinian Territories — A Palestinian woman on Monday accused Israeli troops of burning two Korans when they came to arrest her husband during an overnight raid in the northern West Bank.
Sahar Beida, 40, said the troops confined her and her daughter to a separate room when they detained her husband Ismail in the town of Jayyus near Qalqilya.
“When I came out I was shocked to find our Korans were on the front step and had been burned,” she told AFP. “They took the Korans from the house and burned them in the alley.
“We didn’t see it happen because my daughter and I were in another room. They locked the door and would not let us talk or move or do anything.”
An AFP photographer was shown charred pages from a Koran during a visit to the house.
The Israeli military would not immediately comment on the allegations.
Earlier this month vandals in the southern West Bank spray-painted graffiti on a mosque and set it alight, burning several Korans and prayer rugs in an attack blamed on hardline Jewish settlers.
A US pastor’s plan to burn a pile of Korans in September sparked international outrage and was condemned across the Muslim world. He dropped the idea following requests to do so from top US officials.
Muslims believe the Koran is the literal word of God revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, and treat physical copies of the holy book with utmost reverence.
The above article can be found here: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j_dD1HpM1ajPg3zrDUVDQglMnEmA?docId=CNG.135bb89cab5c7dfce021f53c3286a72b.01
AFP, October 26, 2010
ATLIT BASE, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday visited the naval commandos who mounted a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid boat, lauding their actions as brave and ethical.
“The action taken was vital, necessary, legal and of the utmost importance,” said Netanyahu on a rare visit to the Atlit naval commando base near the northern coastal city of Haifa.
“You acted against those who tried to kill you. Your response was professional, heroic, restrained and ethical,” he said on meeting the units involved in the May 31 raid which left nine Turkish activists dead and scores more people injured.
Army Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, who was with him, also heaped praise on the troops for their actions in halting the Mavi Marmara, a huge Turkish passenger ferry which was trying to run the Israeli blockade on Gaza.
“You shot those you should have shot and didn’t shoot those you weren’t supposed to shoot,” he said.
Thanking the troops for their role in stopping the six-ship fleet from reaching the shores of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, Netanyahu said the coastal enclave had turned into “an Iranian terror base” which posed a serious danger to Israel.
Israeli officials frequently point the finger at Iran for funding and arming militant groups in Gaza and south Lebanon who are bent on attacking the Jewish state. [These ‘militant groups,’ namely Hamas and Hezbollah, are bent on defending themselves and their land from the Jewish state, not attacking it — 800]
The deadly raid sparked international outrage and led Israel to ease a four-year blockade of Gaza to allow in all purely civilian goods as well as construction materials for internationally-supervised projects.
Israel says its troops were attacked with clubs and knives when they landed on the deck of the Mavi Marmara, and only opened fire to defend themselves.
Activists on board, however, claim the Israeli commandos opened fire as soon as they hit the upper deck of the ship.
The above article can be found here: http://www.france24.com/en/20101026-israel-heaps-praise-navy-unit-stormed-gaza-flotilla