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Monday, October 4, 2010

Palestinian Village's Mosque Torched

I just read an article online about Beit Fajjar, a Palestinian village of 8001 people in Judea/Samaria about 10 km from Bethlehem, written by Najib Farray and sent to us by AFP from the "Palestinian Territories". It says that presumedly 6 armed Israeli men had torched a mosque there, which burned a Koran and prayer rugs. Bethlehem, a city of 30,000, is only 6 miles from Jerusalem and contains the largest Christian population in Israel. Gush Etzion has been named as the Jewish city that the perpetrators could have come from.

Now I do not condone such behavior, and I'm angry to see that if it indeed were Israelis, that they have stooped as low as the terrorists in doing this. It's not right. The first question that comes to mind is, "How can it be that religious Israelis living in Judea and Samaria would do a thing like this?" It hasn't been proven, only reported.
"The Israeli military described the attack as a "grave and serious incident" and said it had launched a manhunt for the perpetrators."

On the other hand, I just read in the Oregonian this morning that many Muslim countries as well as some people in the states do not accept the fact of who rammed the Twin Towers and caused the plane headed for the White House or some other important place to destroyed. There we have evidence galore. Reports are that they are even blaming Israel for this murderous act.

We have been accused throughout the ages of dastardly deeds, such as poisoning wells when people got sick. We're the usual scapegoat. Nowdays we're even accused of being horrid when we try to protect ourselves in the safest of ways possible-it's still deemed wrong. So jumping to conclusions is not a good idea in this case. Justice has to be innocent until proven guilty, and have a better judge than Goldstone has been.

It reminds me of what Golda Meier once said. She was so sad that Israeli men had to learn warfare from their enemies. Here, I think that if true, it's sad that our orthodox men has learned retribution from their enemies. They should have more faith that what goes around comes around. Their enemies will get their just desserts somehow, but they don't have to be the chef. Yet this may be what this is for shooting and killing Israelis driving through the area.

from Jerusalem Post: The Defense Minister said that, "Whoever did this is a terrorist in every sense of the word, and intended to hurt the chances for peace and dialogue with the Palestinians. This was a shameful act that besmirched the State of Israel and its values."Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu added his voice to the condemnation, saying that he wanted security forces to "expose those responsible and bring them to justice as soon as possible."Speaking in New York earlier in the day, Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni expressed her dismay on hearing of the incident, saying "this is a non-Jewish act which completely contradicts the values of Judaism."

Oregonian Newspaper 10/4/2010 Front Page article: Iranian's 9/11/rant resonates with many by Christopher Torchia ,Associated Press

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