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Peaceful, Brotherly, Jewish Zionist Settlers Torch Mosque in West Bank

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A mosque burned down in West Bank, and there has hardly been a squeak in the media. Had a temple been burned down, everyone and his brother would know of it.

Is peace in the Middle East as burned out as this mosque?

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Shariq

    May 11, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Salam,

    That’s probably because there was nothing linking it to the settlers other than suspicions.

    “I didn’t see the settlers but I am certain that they did it because of their previous attacks on the village.”

    The quote above sums it up.

    I don’t think MM should do to people what Fox News does to Muslims. It’d be more prudent to talk about the attack which happened in December or the attacks last month by the settlers.

    • Amad

      May 11, 2010 at 9:02 AM

      Here’s the Australian Herald headline.. you can hardly blame them for being a Muslim outfit, let alone being favorable to Muslims:

      Settlers torch West Bank mosque | Herald Sun

      “The settlers set fire to the mosque. Witnesses heard the sound of their cars near the mosque at around 3am and saw them through the window setting fire to the books inside,” Mr Daraghma said, saying most of the mosque had been destroyed.

      Here’s a Jewish news source: Firefighters call mosque fire arson

      When the obvious stares in your face, it’s hard to suggest otherwise.

    • Friend

      May 11, 2010 at 12:32 PM

      Shariq bhai…. what do you think happened…. the mosque by it self decided to be burned? or do you think Muslims will burn it down just to prove a point… come on dude!

      EEEEVEN if that was the case… this is just one of the maaaaaany incidents were settlers are going beyond their call of duty to make sure that the Palestinians are suffering! Just youtube it.

  2. suhail

    May 11, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    If this would have been a synagoguge in any muslim country or a church there would have been a ruckus in the media from CNN, Fox and all the other outlets putting this on there front page but this story was not even covered by these people.

    • Amad

      May 11, 2010 at 10:02 AM

      If the media would just start examining the psychology and behavior of the extreme (covering most of them) settlers, they would say a stunning parallel between them and the most extreme of the Muslim radicals… both immersed in hatred, and both ready to do whatever it takes to “hurt the other side”, with religious exhortations equally (or perhaps worse on the Zionist side) encouraging such action.

      Unfortunately, only the Muslim side gets picked. And Jewish settlers who in fact don’t even have a legitimate basis for their “anger” (relative to Muslim radicals, who at least have a legitimate grievance even if misused) get off scot-free. This hypocrisy and double-standards only drives more radicalism among Muslims, and more bravery (violence, radicalism) among the settlers, who feel they can do whatever they want.

      • suhail

        May 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM

        Actually i think there is another dimension to this whole thing. You see the muslims most of the time do not attack any religious symbols that are sacred to other religions except in rare situations. They never attack Jesus or Moses as they are as sacred to us as our Prophet(SAW) is.

        On the other hand you see the kuffar insulting Prophet(SAW) with impunity and now they are celebrating a day where they want everybody to draw our beloved Prophet(SAW) cartoon. I mean do you see the level they go to anger muslims.

        I have seen my muslim friends make fun of hindu gods but they would never do that infront of a hindu. In india during all the years of babri masjid episode muslim did not insult the hindus sacred beliefs but on the contrary muslims had there masajid blown to bits. There was a reaction after that in Pakistan.

        But you will see this thing all over history where kuffar always try to insult Prophet(SAW) be Dante or Pope or whoever. According to me they just do it to incite muslims or it is the Qadar of Allah to wake this Ummah so that they can get back to him. Wallahualam.

        • Jamal

          May 19, 2011 at 11:47 AM

          muslims did not ruin Sufi shrines in Pakistan, or demolished ancient Buddhist sites in Afganistan.

  3. abuabdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    May 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    As salamu alaykum, Amad. The headline on the article telegraphed that you (or your clone) must be the one who posted it. Just as the evil of attacking a masjid in the West Bank could leave no doubt that Israeli settlers are to blame.

    Israel is a terrorist state that places well-garrisoned cells of “settlers” in the midst of a population that is punished brutally with military hardware and acts of violent-cowardice for every act of resistance or civil disobedience.

    Allah Decreed warfare for the protection of temples, churches, and masajid. May He raise an army to raze the homes of the government and of those settlers who planned or condoned this act.

  4. elham

    May 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    One word : Frustration.

  5. maziar

    May 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    i am jewish and i think it was wrong, and certainly not helping achieve peace. that is if of course there is HARD PROOF that settlers did it.

  6. Thanaa Ghazal

    May 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Yes, it was wrong, but let’s face it: it is usually the Muslims who run around blowing up buildings (churches, synagogues, or otherwise). Indeed, most wars throughout all of history involve Muslums-either fighting among themselves or people of other religions. Indeed it is the only religion which sanctions the use of violence in order to force conversions. So why don’t we talk about the real problem, which is not not the fundamentalist’s suposed radical interpretation of the quran, but the quran itself. And the Muslim apologists claim that the “radical Islamists” are delusional and that thier interpretation of the book is misguided. It is just the oposite, the apologists are the ones who are dilusional, the quran could not say it any clearer. The is no room for misunderstanding. What part of “kill” do people not understand?

    • Abdus-Sabur

      May 17, 2010 at 12:49 AM

      What history books have you read?

      The Quran is the truth!
      As Allah as my witness, you are a liar!

    • Sayf

      May 17, 2010 at 11:33 AM

      Welcome to the blog Thanaa! I must say, you’re post is filled with massive, massive misinformation. The truth is, if you honestly care, the answers are all there. If you don’t care and are happy being an Islamophobe, well there’s nothing I can do to change your decision.

      Yes, it was wrong, but let’s face it: it is usually the Muslims who run around blowing up buildings (churches, synagogues, or otherwise).

      What about that white guy who flew a plane into a building this year, why isn’t that on the news as much? Or maybe the Muslim guy who first spotted the NY car? What about the christian extremists in the US who had several terrorist plots?

      Indeed, most wars throughout all of history involve Muslums-either fighting among themselves or people of other religions.

      WWI and WW2.

      Indeed it is the only religion which sanctions the use of violence in order to force conversions.

      Provide evidence if you’re telling the truth. Besides massive evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah, I have primary sources, the writings of a Christian living during the Umayyad regime pleading with his flock to stop converting because the Muslims are treating them so well and not forcing them into it.

      And the Muslim apologists claim that the “radical Islamists” are delusional and that thier interpretation of the book is misguided.

      Make your case, if you’re truthful and prepare to get refuted.
      http://muslimmatters.org/2010/02/21/is-islam-a-violent-religion/

    • Middle Ground

      May 17, 2010 at 3:05 PM

      Salam

      The Quran makes it clear that there is no concept of ‘forced conversions’:

      If it had been your Lord’s will, they would all have believed,- all who are on earth! will you then compel mankind, against their will, to believe? 10:99

    • Aisha

      May 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM

      Completely wrong. As any high schooler can say, these “Muslism” are not the only ones to use violence for adherence. I almost am shocked at your ignorance. Have you never heard of Catholic and the violence they created in the middle ages? Particularly in Europe, a popular one being Mary of England. If you never heard of this, honestly, you need to go back to the tenth grade…And that doesn’t even touch the tip of the religious violence iceberg.

      Although I’m Muslim, I almost think it would almost be better if we completely eliminate religion and limit it to private practice. Of course, that would end up being completely counter-productive and would never be successful. (I can almost sense the shock and scorn I will receive for this comment).

      • Aisha

        May 24, 2010 at 12:53 PM

        Oh, and I know this is blatantly obvious, but terrorism is the absolute stupidest thing ever. Do you think people will convert or succumb out of fear? Get real. You get COMPLETELY the opposite effect. It’s terrorists that make people never want to be Muslims. It only hurts Islam, badly, and in no way helps it.

  7. sabirah

    May 17, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    salam

    http://www.btselem.org/English/index.asp

    say no more. have a look at the stats and find out by yourself who shows the apartheid agenda, the hate and the violence. (btw it’s a jewish organization)

  8. Gurabah

    May 23, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Salaamu Alaykum,

    to: Tahnaa Gazal

    Are you a muslim? if so sister, you urgently need to study Islam as a whole from proper sources. Specially Islamic History!!!!! if you are not…….then you a complete misinformed person!!!
    May Allah guide you, Ameen!

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