MP Halayka: Settlers have waged war against Palestinian holy sites

[ 05/09/2011 – 12:24 PM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Palestinian MP Samira Halayka declared that Jewish settlers have organized an all-out war against the Palestinians and their holy sites after settlers set fire to a mosque in Qusra village near the West Bank city of Nablus before dawn on Monday.

The mosque attack “was not the first crime committed by settlers against houses of worship. They made similar attacks in various locations in the West Bank and burned down and destroyed mosques in clear violation of international an local laws that call for respect for religions.”

She added that Israel has adopted an all-out ideological war policy since the first day it occupied Palestine, pointing out that Ramadan and the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holidays saw dozens of attacks from settlers under protection of the Israeli military.

Also in response to the attack, the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights in Nablus released a report documenting Israeli attacks on Palestinian places of worship in 2011.

The report notes a significant escalation of attacks this year, highlighting 12 of the most major offenses by both Jewish settlers and the Israeli army at various locations across the West Bank. The offenses included the closure of mosques, search raids, the arrest of worshipers, damage, confiscation of property, demolition orders, and arson.

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