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PA: Settlers torch Nablus mosque
Published Monday 05/09/2011 (updated) 07/09/2011 09:56
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Palestinian Authority officials say settlers were responsible for torching a mosque
near Nablus and spraying "Mohammad is a pig" in Hebrew on Monday morning.
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlers on Monday set fire to a mosque near Nablus area in the northern West Bank, Palestinian Authority officials said.

Settlers broke into Al-Nurayn mosque in Qusra, south of Nablus, smashing windows before setting fire to used tires inside the building, locals told a Ma'an correspondent.

PA settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas confirmed the incident and urged the international Quartet -- the US, EU, UN and Russia -- to pressure Israel to stop such attacks.

"This is not the first time settlers attack mosques," he said, adding that it was the 25th attack on Muslim or Christian places of worship since 2010, and the second such attack in Nablus this year.

Sheik Nafith Samih, the Imam of the mosque, said Molotov cocktails had been thrown into the building.

"Worshipers arrived at the mosque around 4 a.m. and performed the dawn prayer before some worshipers started to shout, 'the mosque has been torched.'

"We went down to the lower floor, where women usually pray and found that several tires were torched inside. We realized that it was settlers," the Imam said.

Head of Qusra council Hani Abu Reida says the village, home to 5,500 Palestinians, is surrounded by Israeli settlements and outposts and residents are regularly attacked by settlers. Last week settlers raided homes and shot a young man, he added.
An AFP correspondent said Hebrew graffiti on the outside walls of the mosque included insults against the Prophet Mohammed, a Star of David, and "Migron" -- the name of a settlement outpost near Ramallah which was partially dismantled by Israeli police overnight.

The pre-dawn attack came as hundreds of police and soldiers entered Migron and dismantled three structures after those living there were evacuated, police said, adding that the move had been approved by court.

"Six settlers who tried to prevent the demolition were arrested after attacking the forces," spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak had ordered the three structures be taken down in June. In early August, the Supreme Court issued an identical order, although it gave the authorities until March 2012 to implement the decision.

Hardline settlers have adopted what they call a "price tag" policy under which they attack Palestinians and their property in response to Israeli government measures against settlements.

Israel considers settlement outposts built in the West Bank without government approval to be illegal, and often sends security personnel to demolish them. They usually consist of little more than a few trailers.

The international community considers all settlements built in the occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, to be illegal.

Separately, witnesses said dozens of settlers gathered to throw rocks at Palestinian vehicles near Yitzhar settlement between Huwwara and Nablus on Monday morning.

Settler-related incidents resulting in Palestinian injuries and damage to property are up more than 50 percent this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which documents violence in the Palestinian territories.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army confirmed it was training settlers in the West Bank to repel any violent protests in the territories when the Palestinians try to secure UN membership later this month.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the military had been training settlement security chiefs and their teams and giving them tear gas and stun grenades to equip them to handle any unrest which breaks out during the UN campaign.

Most settlers already have assault rifles or pistols.

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Outsider / EU
05/09/2011 09:30
Yitzhar, again. You can always rely on these squatters to cause trouble.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/09/2011 09:50
Just in time for Christmas, too. As they say, timing is everything.

3 ) Terrorism - will US act? / South Africa
05/09/2011 09:57
More terrorism, all under the eyes of the protective Israeli army and State. Will the U.S. act, or will it keep funding this apartheid?

4 ) Salma / Palestine
05/09/2011 10:32
Judaism is a religion of "peace" . eh!!

5 ) Nour / One State
05/09/2011 12:18
No alternative to UN bid as instrument to protect Palestinians from these criminals and their backers in the "Israel" government of fascists. ICC and ICJ rulings will have to be respected for a change.

6 ) Azam / Bangaluru, Inda
05/09/2011 12:24
The way the mainstream media talk about "settlers", it looks like they came from the moon & they are not, jews or part of the zionist criminal machine. Why don't you just say their f...ing name, isrealis, jews, zionist, they are all same shit, it's enough with this running around the bush & being gentle with bunch of savages. We hear palestinians (children, women, old, young, men) are militants & terrorists. Even alternative news outlet like Ma'an repeats the same language as the mainstream medi

7 ) Anonymous / palestine
05/09/2011 12:53
Allah knows all maybe nothing happens without a reason and no one does anything without consequences

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/09/2011 13:02
Terrorism #3 'More terrorism, all under the eyes of the protective Israeli army and State. ' It does rather helpfully point up the absolute need for Palestinian independence. It's not as if the Jews are kind and benevolent masters. They are, in fact, ogres, devouring the land and forcing all those living under their heel to endure perpetual humiliation.

9 ) Lukas / AntiZIonist
05/09/2011 13:26
The Zionist ruling regime protects these vile people. Recently, the IDF collaborated with them, providing mad dogs to guard them.

10 ) Jad / Ramallah
05/09/2011 13:30
Terrorist settlers get out of the land of Palestine.

11 ) Ikram / Gaza
05/09/2011 13:33
Settler violence out of control.

12 ) Shlomo / Israel
05/09/2011 13:48
Ytzhar is a very violent settlement, but is just a part of a very violent area! both Jewish and Arab villages in the area of Nablus have a pattern of violence and this violence in each side is just bringing more from the other side! just last week a man from Nablus stabbed 8 in Tel Aviv! Israel has a special division in shin bet dealing with thees hooligans from Itzhar, Palestinians should stop the ones on their side if peace is ever to be achieved!

13 ) southparkbear / canada
05/09/2011 14:34
thats it zionists every mosque you attack we'll attack 2 synagogues...

14 ) Uri / Shilo
05/09/2011 14:42
As an Orthodox Jew and a settler I'm very much ashamed of what happened in Qusra. In my opinion - and in the opinion of the vast majority of settlers - it is absolutely forbidden to hurt any innocent person and it is a big sin to torch down mosques. This is done by some extremists who must be stopped by the police and be punished for their acts.

15 ) Mel / USA
05/09/2011 17:09
These maniacs r like the KKK,neo-Nazis here in USA. But,Israeli thugs are protected by IDF. &Shin Bet're scared of them too.Now IDF/GSS're officially training these critters,with auto weps&chem weps,to protect them from native Arab "terrrorists"?Post UN? Riiiight! BTW? When these 'settlers'turn their weps on Palests,remind yourselves,that many r US/UK/S/A/EU dual citizen-Zio's too? Zio-pogroms begin again.Sieg Heil! Israel has no shame!

16 ) mohamed / somalia
05/09/2011 17:43
shame , shame on you.

17 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
05/09/2011 21:21
I've said this a LOT: Those who attack, harm, vandalize or destroy Palestinians/their property like the above must be arrested, convicted and go to prison. We must always completely restore AND compensate those affected for their losses/damages even over and ABOVE the value of what it was. This camel shit just cycles over and over; the only solution is massive, forceful security guarding and enforcement together with us and the Palestinians. #12) Shlomo and #14) Uri are absolutely right.

18 ) Matt / usa
05/09/2011 21:25
I find it interesting that when palestinians do something like this people say that it is a valid form of resistance, but when jews do it then there cant be any validity to it.

19 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
05/09/2011 22:07
Matt / usa, the Palestinians aren't crushing the Israelis, not in the slightest. The Israelis are crushing the Palestinians. When Jews attack Palestinians it is offense. When Palestinians fight back it is all defensive.

20 ) Strange Days / Israel
05/09/2011 22:09
"We went down to the lower floor, where women usually pray and found that several tires were torched inside. We realized that it was settlers," the Imam said." This Imam must be like Sherlock Holmes. He solved the tire crime with no investigation at all. He just "realized" it. How about I "realized" it was the village who did it for the sympathy before a UN vote. Or perhaps it was Moslems from Bangalore. You never know what you can "realize" if you think hard enough.

21 ) Amin / The Netherlands
05/09/2011 22:25
Who protect Palestinian people agaist these armed agressieve bloodhounds (settlers) , while they act as criminals agaist Palestinians, backed and protected by Israeli army?.

22 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/09/2011 22:27
To Mel #15 'These maniacs r like the KKK,neo-Nazis here in USA. But,Israeli thugs are protected by IDF...' So --actually -- they're more like the stormtroopers during Kristallnacht than the KKK, and the relevant comparison is not to the United States, but to Nazi Germany.

23 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/09/2011 22:31
To Matt #18 'I find it interesting that when palestinians do something like this people say that it is a valid form of resistance, but when jews do it then there cant be any validity to it...' I find it interesting that you find everything interesting. Anyway, don't fret: the Israelis can knock down mosques, massacre anything up to a thousand women and children, and raze whole towns and still find plentiful defenders. It's really quite disgusting.

24 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/09/2011 22:35
To Azam #6 'The way the mainstream media talk about "settlers", it looks like they came from the moon & they are not, jews or part of the zionist criminal machine. Why don't you just say their f...ing name, isrealis, jews, zionist, they are all same shit...' Indeed. And the settlers are not doing one thing that Israel in general hasn't done since 1948. It's absurd to think that somehow the settlers can be condemned and Israel itself accepted. The settlers ARE Israel. Israelis are settlers.

25 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/09/2011 23:00
To Strange Days #20 'This Imam must be like Sherlock Holmes. He solved the tire crime with no investigation at all.' Maybe it was the spray-painted Star of David, 'Muhammad was a pig,' and burnt Qurans that tipped him off.

26 ) Joe Fattal / USA
05/09/2011 23:21
Bunch of hoodlums doing the dirty work for the Israeli Army and even get paid for it. We don't hear any body from the big cities like Tel-Aviv or even Haifa burning crops, vandalizing schools, Mosques only these so called settlers commit that crime.

27 ) Mo / Canada
06/09/2011 02:17
Everyone has their share of extremist crazies. So, let's see what each side's crazies do.... Israel's crazies throw rocks and damage mosques. Palestine's NORMAL people throw rocks and damage synagogues and their CRAZIES murder babies in their sleep on purpose, regretting they didn't kill all siblings. Israel is still more moral.

28 ) southparkbear / USA
06/09/2011 02:39
looks more like inside job, one more attempt to generate sympaty to the palestinians.

29 ) Julie / USA
06/09/2011 04:11
of course! because that's what terrorists do, they commit grotesque crimes. everyone agrees that the Z-nazis are the #1 terrorists in the world wrecking any and all chances of peace for the whole middle east region as well as the entire world. these slimy viral scumbags belong in a toilet bowl doused in bleach.

30 ) Hilde / Norway
06/09/2011 09:24
...oooo, conspiracy theories. Neat. Seeing as this is not the first time these squatters have vandalised religious sites in the area and the locals aren't familiar with their MO, I mean. Pathetic.

31 ) Mel / USA
06/09/2011 16:44
The dilemma for PA police is,they are only allowed to police their own Arab civilians.In fact it's the sorry task of PASF to protect the armed SETTLERS from Arabs,who are just going aboit their daily business.The offenders R the Zionst squatters.The PASF are basically an IDF/Shin Bet proxy,& not allowed to arrest settler barbarians attacking Arabs&destroying their culture/history.This is the global image of Zionist-led Isrl i.e.medieval barbarians.What a waste of time&space. Brown shirts!

32 ) Anonymous / Palestine/USA
07/09/2011 12:40
@#27you think israel is more moral just recently a 2 year old boy was kill by an israeli drone and before that isreali soldiers just opened fire on civilians and sprayed them with acid such moral

33 ) avi weissmann / las vegas,nevada
07/09/2011 12:53
28 ) southparkbear / USA06/09/2011 02:39 looks more like inside job, one more attempt to generate sympaty to the palestinians. ------------------------------------------------------ maybe the holocaust was an inside job ...it created the zionists state after all.

34 ) seby / india
03/10/2011 20:53
can any of the Muslims prove Islam is a peaceful religion and can any Israeli neighbor guarantee the safety of Israel from their fanatic Muslim neighbors .if not don't talk about peace .
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