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Soldiers Level Mosque Near Rafah, Settlers Torch Mosque Near Nablus

By Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies – May 04, 2010

Israeli soldiers invaded an area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, leveled the Al Dahniyya mosque and uprooted farmlands on Tuesday at dawn. Local sources reported that the mosque was leveled to the ground after several armored military vehicles and bulldozers invaded Rafah.

Also in Rafah, soldiers uprooted farmlands near the Yasser Arafat Airport east of Rafah. Several military bulldozers and armored vehicles bulldozed farmlands and opened fire at random in Al Dahniyya area. The vehicles, originally stationed at the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) military post, advanced 800 meters into the area and placed sand hills.

Also on Tuesday at dawn, a group of fundamentalist settlers torched the main mosque of the Al Lubban Al Shariyya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The settlers attacked the mosque approximately at 3 A.M., rounded up several copies of the Holy Koran in one place and set them ablaze. The fire caused excessive damage to the property of the mosque, including its ceiling, its fans and walls. Its 450 square meters of carpet and eight air conditioners were burnt also.

This is the third mosque to be torched by the settlers this year as the settlers torched a mosque in Yasuf village near Salfit and another mosque in Huwwara town, near Nablus.

Photo credit Maan Images/Wissam Nassar

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Al-Manar TV

… According to the town’s mayor, Jamal Daragma, this is not the first time the village was targeted by settlers: “In the past they also smashed windows, uprooted olive trees, damaged houses and property. At least once a week settlers come in, riot and harm the village.”

The town is located next to three Israeli settlements: Shilo, Ma’ale Levona, and Eli. Contacted by AFP, the Israeli occupation army could not immediately confirm or deny the report.

On April 14, a mosque in Huwara near Nablus was desecrated by settlers who scrawled Hebrew graffiti and a Star of David over the walls. Two cars were also torched during the incident.

In December, settlers vandalized another mosque in the northern West Bank village of Yasuf, torching Muslim holy books and spraying hate messages in Hebrew. The incident triggered clashes between villagers and Israeli occupation troops. Israeli police arrested youths from the settlement of Yitzhar, but no one was charged.

May 4, 2010 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture

10 Comments

  1. – and we are supposed to side with this scum against the alleged “anti-Semitism”?

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    Comment by Sam Benar | May 4, 2010

  2. Wow. What can you possibly say about that. Not enough to kick them out, but to burn and raze their churches.

    I wish I could think of something strongly condemning enough to say. But I can’t.

    I just wish we weren’t helping.

    but I wish we weren’t doing a lot of things.

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    Comment by me | May 4, 2010

  3. And once the Israelis wipe Palestine off the map, they will be their real selves, peace loving and compassionate…right?

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    Comment by John | May 4, 2010

  4. Wether they believe in karma or not, my daughter will bite them in the bum.

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    Comment by Ld Elon | May 4, 2010

  5. How is it that America can continue to support Israel who does such crimes against humanity? Does America and Israel not realize there will be retrobution for these henious acts against G-d and man?

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    Comment by Simone Bolivar | May 6, 2010

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  7. All I would ask is that everyone keep in mind that generalizations don’t work. Just as the army illegally razed the Mosque in Gaza there are Israelis fighting against such action. After the torching of the Mosque in the West Bank, The Israeli Peace movement went to the Mosque to show solidarity, and an Anti-Zionist Jewish group has offered to help rebuild.

    The right wing Israeli government represents the worst of Israel with the settlers as their obvious allies, but they are not Israel in and of themselves – and they hold power by a thin margin via a coalition. It is important to differentiate between the Israeli people and their government, just as it is important to differentiate between the Palestinian people, who in these two cases were clearly the victims of crime, and the Gaza leadership of Hamas.

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    Comment by David Norman | May 10, 2010

    • Yes David, generalization is a type of deception, but your suggestion that there is much difference between Netanyahu’s government and say Kadima is also a deception. The pattern of hate and ethnic cleansing is inherent in the Zionist project and has continued without interruption under every single government that has ruled over occupied Palestine. The problem is Zionism not the “right wing”.

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      Comment by aletho | May 10, 2010

  8. The people who torched the mosques, the right wing exteremists, are trialed and if found guilty – are put to prison. This is a criminal action, like rape, murder, theft etc.
    No israeli right-wing party is for these actions.
    This is much more than you can say for muslim terrorists who receive the full and open support of the muslim countries

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    Comment by noam | October 24, 2010

    • Nice try Noam but the facts are the opposite. 99% of Palestinian reports of settler violence go unpunished.

      Not only are the “right wing” Israeli parties behind the violence but it is supported across the full spectrum of Zionists.

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      Comment by aletho | October 25, 2010


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