Palestinians set fire to Jewish shrine, as Hamas calls for a day of rage

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A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister that was fired by Israeli troops during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. In the current wave of violence, eight Israelis have been killed in stabbing and shooting attacks, as of Thursday. Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed, including 14 identified by Israel as attackers, and the others in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) (The Associated Press)
A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister that was fired by Israeli troops during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. In the current wave of violence, eight Israelis have been killed in stabbing and shooting attacks, as of Thursday. Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed, including 14 identified by Israel as attackers, and the others in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

Palestinians set fire to a Jewish shrine in the West Bank on Friday as the Islamist group Hamas called for a day of rage against Israel, with tensions still running high after two weeks of violence.

Israel’s military said about 100 people converged on the tomb of the biblical patriarch Joseph, which is located in the Palestinian city of Nablus. They were pushed back by Palestinian security forces who arrived on site, but not before setting parts of it ablaze.

“We view this incident with gravity and strongly condemn any attack on holy sites. We will find and arrest those who set the fire,” the military said in a statement.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in his clearest call yet to end the renewed violence, condemned the attack. He ordered the damage to be repaired and opened an investigation into the arson.

A statement from his office said Abbas “stressed his rejection of these actions and all actions that violate law and order, and which distort our culture, our morals and our religion.”

The unrest that has engulfed Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, the most serious in years, has claimed the lives of 33 Palestinians and seven Israelis.

The Palestinian dead include 10 knife-wielding assailants, police said, as well as children and protesters shot during violent demonstrations. One man died in Gaza on Friday from wounds sustained in a clash a week ago.

The Israelis were killed in random attacks in the street or on buses. There was, however, a respite from the near-daily attacks on Thursday.

The U.N. Security Council will hold a special meeting to discuss the situation. No resolution is planned for Friday, but there might be an attempt to get the council to issue a statement aimed at urging the two sides to curb the violence.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, called for “rallies of anger and confrontations” on Friday in all West Bank cities.

The unrest has been triggered in part by Palestinians’ anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is also revered by Jews as the location of two destroyed biblical Jewish temples.

The director-general of Israel’s foreign ministry, Dore Gold, said: “The burning of Joseph’s tomb forcefully demonstrates what would happen in the holy places in Jerusalem if they were in the hands of the Palestinian leadership.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said he plans to travel to the Middle East soon to try to calm the violence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was ready to meet Abbas to help restore calm.

 

REUTERS

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24 responses to “Palestinians set fire to Jewish shrine, as Hamas calls for a day of rage”

  1. Caribbean Avatar

    where is Saudi Arabia, Qatar,Turkey, kuwait, Jordan? why they not funding and giving weapons to the revolution in palestine like they’re doing in Syria. Why not relocate some of our terrorist boys from Syria to Israel to help with the revolution, all we have to do is call them moderates, the Americans will do the training and smuggled them to Israel

    1. For the same reason mother Iran only pays lip service to Palestine but sends its troops to Syria.
      Stop your Iranian hypocrisy.

    2. I just read the rest of your crap.
      Why don’t we send the brave Iranians to kill Israelis and the Iranians can claim they “are killing terrorists” like they are in Syria and Iraq.
      Or the Iranians can send Palestinians weapons….and lie about it. How honest of Iran.

      1. *send weapons to pelestinians.

        ( note for those that don’t understand chat rules, the star ( * ) comment means a correction of previous comment)

        1. * Palestinians.

          (Perfect example of the star (* ) at work)

      2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
        Maborlz Ez-Hari

        The Iranians are only brave cos they have the backing of their master, none other than Israel. They go hand in hand like a c*@k in a sock.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Up here, for winter, girlfriends give us ‘Ball-Socks’.

      3. Patience2 Avatar

        Honesty has yet to be discovered in Iran, ancient culture that they claim themselves to be.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          It was an old recommended-for-schools book entitled ‘Taqqiya’ that began the problem.
          ‘Variations On A Theme’ have since muddied the deserts. 😉

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Personal Favourite Taqqiya: “Sorry .. All of my clothes are in the Laundry”.

    3. Reasonableman Avatar
      Reasonableman

      Uprising in palestine would force the hand of america to work closer with those arab countries.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People”

        There’s some people up there hoggin’ everything
        Tellin’ lies, givin’ alibis about the people’s money and things
        And if they gonna throw it away, might as well give some to me
        Yeah they seen and heard it, but never had misery
        There are some people who are starvin’ to death
        Never knew but only hate us, and they never had happiness
        Oh, oh, oh, if you don’t have enough to eat, how can you think of love
        You don’t have the time to care so it’s crime you’re guilty of, oh yeah

        For God’s sake, you got to give more power to the people
        For God’s sake, why don’t you give more power to the people

        Cut this jive and see who’s got the power to kill the most
        When they run out of power, the world’s gonna be a ghost
        They know we’re not satisfied, so we begin to holler
        Makin’ us a promise and throwin’ a few more dollars
        There’s no price for happiness, there’s no price for love
        Up goes the price of livin’, and you’re right back where you was
        So whatever you got, just be glad you got it
        Now we’re gonna get on up and get some more of it

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEwMaeN2x-c

    4. SparklingMoon, Avatar
      SparklingMoon,

      With the Grace of Allah, you have also got a measure of education; it behooves you now to eschew grudge and promote mutual love.Similarly, the dictates of your wisdom require that you abandon the course of callousness and adopt an attitude of compassion and sympathy. The hardship of this life is like unto a journey in a desert in the midst of summer on a hot sunny day. It would be futile to take this arduous journey without cool water. It is the cool water of mutual love which you so direly need to extinguish this burning fire and to save you from dying of thirst. (Ruhanikhazain)

      1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
        Maborlz Ez-Hari

        Ummm, excuse me spankingmoon. If I may, seeing that you are the expert on wisdom and all the rest, why would you say in the midst of summer on a hot and sunny day? Like diiiirrrrrrr. Futile is being wise on this blog just join the club and forget the fluff.

        1. “Futile is being wise on this blog just join the club and forget the fluff.”

          Very true

      2. Patience2 Avatar

        Oh, if only Islam could eschew(love that word) it’s inherent evil and walk in the way you have illustrated.

    5. nagy_michael2 Avatar
      nagy_michael2

      because Hamas turned to Iran.. When israel gave them back Gaza then then Hamas turned around and started bombing israel. No one is saying the Israelis are any different in mentality but also if you want peace you also have to earn it. If hamas and Palestinians adopted more peaceful approach, many israelis would even back them up. so you have extremists on both sides causing problems and what do we all expects? Saudi always given money to the Palestinian authority. hamas overtaken that force and yes the prior one didn’t do justice to Palestinians and neither have Hamas. If they have minded their own business in Lebanon they would not be rotting in dumpy camps anyway.

  2. “The director-general of Israel’s foreign ministry, Dore Gold, said: “The burning of Joseph’s tomb forcefully demonstrates what would happen in the holy places in Jerusalem if they were in the hands of the Palestinian leadership.””

    Like these mosques??

    “Israeli settlers have torched a mosque in the occupied West Bank”

    The hypocrisy of some Israelis is astounding.

    1. SparklingMoon, Avatar
      SparklingMoon,

      God Almighty says inthe verses of the Quran:

      “If Allah were to not prevent the aggression of one group by another group the safety of cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft remembered, would surely
      have been destroyed.” (22:41)

      In this verse by mentioning the places of worship of other religions before the Muslim mosques, the Holy Quran is very eloquently declaring that it is an Islamic duty of a Muslim to safe the worship places of all people who belong to other religions

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Well, that blows the ISISie’s excuse …..

  3. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    The Jewish were the first to adopt the eye for an eye view, I can see the aqsa about to be turned into rubble. The end is near.

  4. Patience2 Avatar

    Why not just move the Palestinians out of Palestine?? I mean, seems logical, doesn’t it?? Anyone??

    1. what a ridiculous solution

      1. Patience2 Avatar

        I know…I know. But, I think a similar solution may be under consideration IN Israel, eh?

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