Not to be outdone by the magnificent handiwork of their settler colleagues of Yizhar, who burned down a nearby mosque several months ago, residents of Gush Etzion torched the mosque of Beit Fajjar, a village near Bethlehem. Haaretz calls this a “price tag” action by settlers warning the Israeli public of their displeasure with the prospect that Bibi Netanyahu’s government might contemplate renewing the settlement freeze.
Do you remember the intense efforts made by the federal government to uncover and prosecute the pyromaniac who was burning down rural Black southern churches some years ago? Do you remember the horror felt by most Americans at this shameless act? Well, in Israel things aren’t the same. When you burn down a mosque you’re considered little more than a nuisance and sent to bed without your supper:
Residents rushed to the mosque when they saw the flames and began fighting with the settlers, they added.
Israeli soldiers arrived in the area and broke up the fight and forced the settlers to leave.
They desecrated a house of God and get to go home and sleep in their nice warm beds. Justice, Israel-style.