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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 07:54 PM

 

Palestinians desecrate Jewish holy site

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23641/Default.aspx


Jewish worshippers visiting the tomb of the biblical patriarch Joseph in the Palestinian-controlled town of Nablus (Shechem) on Wednesday were shocked to find the holy site severely desecrated.

The group of some 2,500 Jewish pilgrims told Israel's Maariv newspaper that Jewish holy books at the site had been burned, furniture smashed, the smell of urine was abundant, and there was evidence of an effort to burn down the structure.

"Only barbarians would do horrible things like this to such a holy site," local Jewish leader Gershon Mesika told the newspaper. "Israel can no longer allow its holy places to be freely desecrated."

Joseph's Tomb is situated on the outskirts of Nablus, a large Arab-dominated town that occupies the location of biblical Shechem. Until the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000, Israel maintained an IDF-protected enclave around the tomb, providing Jewish worshippers with free and uninterrupted access.

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Reply Palestinians desecrate Jewish holy site (Original post)
zellie Jan 2013 OP
zellie Jan 2013 #1
2naSalit Jan 2013 #2
zellie Jan 2013 #3
shira Jan 2013 #4
Solindsey Jan 2013 #5
shira Jan 2013 #6
ocpagu Jan 2013 #8
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #7

Response to zellie (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 07:56 PM

1. That's really beneath contempt.

 

They ask for respect for their religion and give none to Jews.

One way street.

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Response to zellie (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 08:37 PM

2. Really?

I don't condone the act but I don't condemn them either... it's not like anyone in that part of the planet... ie the occupiers... have respected theirs. Much ado about something they might have considered before perpetrating a flavor of brutality that those whining about this small event have gladly inflicted. Sounds like an over inflated indignity or perhaps faux outrage to start yet another ugly campaign..?

One way street going in the opposite direction you imply.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 08:48 PM

3. "I don't condemn the either"

 

Nothing much to say after that.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 08:59 PM

4. Yes, the Palestinian victims are blameless and bear no responsibility for their actions.

Amazing.

Israel actually does respect religious holy places WRT both christians and muslims.

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Response to shira (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:54 PM

5. Stop with the fake self-righteousness

Yes, desecrating a holy site is totally wrong and terrible to see happen.

But calm down and get some damn perspective. Respect? Both sides don't know the first meaning of it.

Didn't some psycho Israeli Jew open fire in a mosque and kill lots of Muslim worshippers? A plaque near this murderer's grave reads: "To the holy Baruch Goldstein, who gave his life for the Jewish people, the Torah and the nation of Israel." What he did was pure Terrorism. He killed muslims in a holy place and is praised by a faction of equally f**ked up people who think like him and are therefore just as psychotic. I see so much "respect" there.

WTF.

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Response to Solindsey (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:58 PM

6. You're comparing the exception to the rule (one Israeli) vs. Palestine in which.....

...this is far more mainstream.

Try again.

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Response to shira (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:25 AM

8. You're absolutely incapable of recognizing the flaws and mistakes of Israel.

 

That's why in your "outlook" Palestine's actions seem "far more mainstream".

But that's definetely not how the majority of the world sees it.

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Response to shira (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:16 AM

7. Sure about that?

Bethlehem: http://www.foa.org.uk/news/settlers-desecrate-mosque-in-bethlehem
Nablus: http://archives.dawn.com/archives/7009
Ramallah: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2011/06/201167205858764146.html
Hebron: http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/12/02/61218.html
Ithna: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/israelpalestineconflict/missingheadlines/item/2091-israeli-soldiers-kidnap-eleven-palestinians-desecrate-and-damage-mosque
Jerusalem: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/12/12/death-to-christianity-vandals-desecrate-jerusalem-church-with-spray-painted-messages-of-hate/
Jerusalem again: http://www.imemc.org/article/64181
Jerusalem, again, part 2: http://www.aljazeerah.info/News/2012/September/17%20n/Illegal%20Israeli%20Jewish%20Settlers%20Desecrate%20Al-Aqsa%20Mosque,%20Storm%20Qusra,%20Uproot%20Palestinian%20Olive%20Trees.htm
And there was that thing about the Church of the Nativity: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-06/14/c_131651209.htm

To give credit, Israel's politicians talk a good fight about not supporting it (and I think one "price tag" dude was actually arrested! Not sure about conviction, though) but c'mon, let's not act like Israel is perfectly innocent - or as you put it, "blameless victims who have no responsibility for their actions"

As for the tomb desecration, I'd like to say "I hope they catch whoever did it," but it seems that it's an ongoing problem; some sort of preventative measures would probably fare better than attempts at punitive.

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