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leader Ismail Haniyeh said that the apparent "price-tag" attack on a
mosque in the Beduin village of Tuba Zanghariya in Israel is part of a
larger operation to obliterate the "foundations of Islamic civilization
on Palestinian land," Hamas-affiliate Al Resalah reported on Thursday. “We remember as Jews when
other people burned our
synagogues and burned our Torah scrolls. We cannot accept such acts
other religions,” he said. “A church, mosque, temple or synagogue are
of God and you cannot harm such places. We strongly protest such
who made the comments from an International Book Fair in Gaza City,
said that operations like the arson at the Tuba mosque followed the
instruction of "Zionist rabbis" who call for the burning of mosques and
residents march, clash with police after mosque arson
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Such operations, Haniyeh explained according to Al Resalah, are part of larger attempts to silence the voice of Islam in the Palestinian
territories occupied in 1948.
Hamas leader praised the strike announced today in cities and villages
across the Galilee condemning the burning of the Al-Noor mosque in Tuba
Despite Haniyeh's claim that rabbis were the first to call for vandalism at Islamic sites, many Jewish leaders did condemn the attacks, and even urged for a shared effort in restoring the damaged property.
Chief Rabbis Shlomo
Amar and Yona Metzger on Monday
accompanied President Shimon Peres on a solidarity visit to the burnt mosque, along with
Christian, Druse and Muslim leaders, and denounced the attack in equally
“We must cry out against this deed, it is
a hilul Hashem
[desecration of God’s name]. All leaders should speak against this act
terror and hate,” Amar said, calling for religious leaders to preach
tolerance of the other.
Other religious groups also condemned
the incident, including a
group of rabbis of northern communities and yeshivas who said that if it
indeed perpetrated by Jews it should be denounced, calling the incident
unethical and completely incompatible with the Torah, halacha and Jewish
Head of the Reform movement in Israel,
Rabbi Gilad Kariv, said
that such actions could ignite a wave of large-scale religious and
violence. The movement said it would contribute money towards for the
restoration of the mosque.
Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report.