Mosque desecrated in northern Israel
Wednesday, 09 Jun, 2010
In this picture handout by the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Heritage, graffiti of hate messages sprayed in Hebrew covers the wall of a mosque in the northern Arab-Israeli village of Ibtin on June 9, 2010. AFP
JERUSALEM: Menacing Hebrew graffiti was found on a mosque outside the Israeli city of Haifa on Wednesday, a religious foundation said, amid rising threats against leaders of the country's Arab minority. The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Heritage distributed pictures of the graffiti, calling the vandalism a "great and reprehensible crime" and demanding that Israeli authorities investigate it.
The graffiti, sprayed on the outside of the mosque and accompanied by the star of David, reads "slated for demolition" and "there will be a war for Judaea and Samaria" the biblical name of the occupied West Bank.
The police were not immediately available for comment.
The incident comes as leaders of Israel's 1.3 million-strong Palestinian minority have come under attack for their support of a Gaza aid flotilla seized by the Israeli navy in international waters after a deadly confrontation in which naval commandos shot dead nine Turkish activists.
Haneen Zuabi, an Arab member of the Israeli parliament, received death threats and was accused of being a traitor by fellow lawmakers after taking part in the six-ship flotilla that aimed to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.
Ahmed Tibi, another Arab MP who did not take part in the flotilla, has also received death threats.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation linked the desecration of the mosque to the "atmosphere of hatred and racism against Arabs and Muslims in this country on the official and popular level."
The foundation is linked to the radical wing of the Islamic Movement led by Sheikh Raed Salah, who was also on one of the ships.
Israel's Arab citizens, who make up nearly 20 per cent of the population, are the descendents of Palestinians who remained in the Jewish state following the 1948 war that attended its creation.
ZIONIST EXTREMISTS VIOLATE IBTIN MOSQUE AND DEFACE IT
WITH RACIAL SLURS
Palestine Foundation Pakistan (PLF)
June 10 2010
Zionist extremists attacked the Omar bin Khattab mosque in the village of Ibtin in Haifa, and wrote racial slurs in Hebrew on the front of the mosque calling for its demolition, the Aqsa Foundation for endowment and heritage said on Wednesday.
The Zionist attackers also wrote statements calling for war against the Arabs, especially those from the West Bank, and for revenge against the Arabs and Muslims, along with the drawing of the red star of David, in addition to material damages they placed on nearby cars.
The Foundation pointed out that Israeli extremists previously attacked this mosque in 1988, setting it aflame and also violated against the village cemetery some time ago.
It said that the desecration of the Omar bin Khattab mosque is a heinous crime against one of the houses of God, and should not pass unwarranted, as it carries a very dangerous message and clearly suggests that the mosque is at risk of destruction, as it calls for revenge against Arabs, Muslims, and their sacred places, especially in light of the hatred and racism against Arabs and Muslims by Israelis and Zionist extremists presently witnessed.
The Foundation held IOF officials fully responsible for what has happened or will happen to this mosque, and called for an immediate disclosure of the perpetrators and that they be given the maximum sentence.
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