Palestinians have accused settlers of setting fire to a mosque.

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Eyewitnesses said a group of settlers entered the mosque of Nablus-area village Al-Lubban Ash-Sharqiyya, gathered flammables and set them alight in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Head of the local council of Al-Lubban, Jamal Daraghma said residents living adjacent to the mosque heard cars approaching the building at 3am. The residents saw the group tear curtains from the walls and throw several copies of the Qur’an into a pile on the mosque floor and set the pile aflame.

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Complaints to Israel’s Civil Administration saw Palestinians told that the fire was likely the result of an electrical malfunction, Israeli media reported.

Ynet adds:

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities in the West Bank told Ynet that the source of the fire will soon come to light. “The Israeli experts and our experts are at the scene, but we have no doubt this was arson by settlers. Evidence of this is the collection of Qurans stacked in a pile,” he said.

The mosque’s imam, Sheikh Abdel Naser, said he cannot accuse anyone at this point, but noted that “our area is surrounded by settlers and we are waiting for the investigation of the Palestinian police here, and also of the PA’s Waqf and ministry of religion. At this stage, the mosque is not fit for prayer.”

Head of the mosque’s maintenance committee, Sheikh Majed Daraghmeh, told Ynet that around 3 am residents heard vehicles driving around the area of the mosque, but no one dared to step out because they were certain it was settlers.

“But at 3:45, when the mosque’s imam arrived at the site to prepare for the morning prayers, he saw the mosque on fire. The fire consumed 80%, maybe 90% of the mosque.”

Which leads to the following questions:

  • How could there be eyewitnesses who saw the settlers enter the mosque, gather flammables and set them alight, and even tear curtains from the walls and throw copies of the Qur’an into a pile while Sheikh Majed Daraghmeh admits that no one dared to step out? Sounds to me like they not only stepped out, but even entered the mosque and saw exactly what was going on without resisting.
  • If there were such eyewitnesses, why would Ghassan Daghlas point only to the pile of Qurans on the floor as “proof” of settler involvement? And why would Sheikh Abdel Naser say he cannot accuse anyone at this point, rather bringing the location of surrounding settlements as circumstantial evidence?

My BS detectors are working overtime on this one, and so should yours.

15 thoughts on “The Case of the Burnt Mosque”

  1. This was in today's Jerusalem Post: http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=17463

    The article describes arson attacks on two Jerusalem synagogues. The difference, however, is that whereas the Palestinians immediately blame settlers for their attack, the Jerusalem Post article studiously avoids pointing any fingers.

    Life is so simple when you are a Palestinian. Any problems? Any unsolved crimes? Anything at all you are not contented with? Blame the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS! Sorry, I meant ZIONIST SETTLERS!!!!!
    … and the world believes you.

  2. Michael Zvi Krumbein

    Reminds me of a comment I saw in B'sheva this week. A Rabbi in a Yeshiva whose students were accused of vandalizing a mosque was taken in and held overnight, although never charged. The writer contrasted this with the "silk glove" treatment Anat Kan, who at least commited espionage, received, allowed to stay under house arrest. This so the "world" should not accuse us of not respecting freedom of the press? I guess we have a new priesthood. Really sick.

  3. "we have no doubt this was arson by settlers. Evidence of this is the collection of Qurans stacked in a pile."

    "The fire consumed 80%, maybe 90% of the mosque.”

    Looks like nearly everything in the mosque went up except the stacked up Qurans. A miracle? Maybe the settlers, suddenly overcome with the power of Islam, were trying to protect them? Or maybe the "evidence" is as reliable as the "witnesses."

  4. Kimo AL QUDS

    Any destruction of anyone place of worship is just plain wrong. I do hope that no Isreali would stoop to the level of the Arab to do that. That type of behavior is more consistent with that of Islam where muslims routinely riot against those that do not agree with them and destroy their places of worship. Islam is like a plague that people refuse to acknowledge or respond to. Pretty soon the plague will overrun the world unloess it is stopped and eliminated.

  5. Jim from Iowa

    With your deductive reasoning, Dave, you really could be Sherlock Holmes' smarter brother. Wanna play a game of Clue?

  6. Jim from Iowa

    With your deductive reasoning, Dave, you really could be Sherlock Holmes' smarter brother. Wanna play a game of Clue?

  7. Jim from Iowa

    With your deductive reasoning, Dave, you really could be Sherlock Holmes' smarter brother. Wanna play a game of Clue?

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