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13 Nov, 2014

Jewish fanatics attack Palestinian mosque, homes, factory

RAMALLAH, November 12, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers at dawn Wednesday broke into the village of Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah, and set a mosque on fire, completely burning the first floor, according to local sources.

The sources said that locals noticed fire at the mosque during the pre-dawn hours and rushed to help put it out; they managed to prevent the fire from engulfing the second floor, where fire destroyed the windows, while the first floor was completely burned and damaged.

Faraj Na’san, the village mayor, said the incident was the second to occur in less than two years, when another mosque was set ablaze by settlers.

Supreme Religious Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash condemned the assault and considered it a war crime that is part of ‘organized state terrorism.’

He added that such assaults, besides the nonstop Israeli infringement on al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, will certainly lead to further deterioration in conditions and in political instability, warning that such actions are conducive to an uncontrollable religious war.

Commenting on the incident, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called upon the international community and the United Nations Security Council member countries in particular, to immediately act to stop the increasing violence and extremism of the Israeli government’s policy towards the Palestinian people.

Settlers and Jewish fanatics have repeatedly attacked mosques in the occupied West Bank in what seems to be a recurrent practice.

Only yesterday, President Mahmoud Abbas warned that if these actions, including Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian entry to al-Aqsa Mosque, persist, a foreseeable religious war is likely to engulf the region, warning Israel of the impacts of such a war.

Settlers Attack Palestinian Properties in Hebron, Nablus

HEBRON, November 11, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers on Tuesday attacked a number of Palestinian homes south of Hebron with stones, while in a separate incident settlers sabotaged the content of a Palestinian-owned stone-cutting factory, reported local and security sources.

In Hebron, settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Hagai broke into the Harayek area, south of the city, where they pelted stones towards Palestinian houses, yet no casualties were reported.

Earlier at predawn, illegal Israeli settlers stormed a Palestinian-owned stone-cutting factory in the village of Hawwara, south of Nablus, and destroyed some of its content and machines.

The latest assaults come amid a spike in violence in the West Bank and Israel. On Monday, an illegal Israeli settler and a soldier were reportedly killed after being stabbed by Arab activists in two separate incidents in Hebron and Tel Aviv.

The rise in stabbing attacks, including inside Israel, has sharply increased recently after the Israeli police cold-blooded murder of Kheir e-Dine Hamdan, 22, a resident of the Israeli Arab town of Kafr Kanna in the Galilee, last Saturday.