October 4th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Vandals torch West Bank mosque

Vandals torched a West Bank mosque and sprayed graffiti on its walls early Monday, officials said.

Palestinian witnesses said four people tried to set fire to the mosque, burning carpets and 12 Qurans around 3:30 a.m. (9:30 p.m. ET Sunday).

The arsonists sprayed "revenge" and "price tag" on the walls, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

CNN Producer Kareem Khadder observed burned carpets and tiles that had been broken off pillars inside the mosque. A spray-painted graffito in Hebrew read, "This is toilet number 18." Another said, "Revenge and avenge."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Maria

    To quote General Garrison when TF Ranger got back from Somalia: If you throw enough RPGs into a rlvtaieely small airspace, you're bound to hit something sooner or later. The staff's aren't trying to hide the truth. It's just the typical we have to be sure and nothing's so until we say it is caution that puts military staffs so far behind the news media. In the latter case, erroneous information can be corrected with a this just in from our reporter on the scene sound bite.

    April 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  2. Rafiq Tschannen

    I suppose CNN will get a media prize for this article. "Vandals" instead of "Israeli Settlers", thereby managing to keep this news out of most newspapers.

    October 11, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  3. Castle Bravo

    Next time bring some gasoline.
    Bush League.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  4. Keith

    On an unrelated note, what is the definition of a 'troll' on this blog? I'm from Michigan where everyone who lives in the Lower Peninsula i.e. below the Mackinaw Bridge, is a 'troll'. I assume it's some form of atheist? Thank you.

    October 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  5. Keith

    cnn will run this story, fine. Hopefully they're still working on the 'Time Square Bomber' story. This guy is not only unrepentent, he threatens more attacks on us. Make an example out of this dirtbag. Dip the bullets in pigs blood and shoot this s.o.b. right between the eyes. And they wonder why people get irked when they want to build a 'victory mosque' at ground zero.

    October 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  6. Mark from Middle River

    "The world is looking forward to the long list of serious international crimes "

    Let is take a measure Smith. Multiple ships in the convoy were heading into Israeli waters. One ship refused to turn back. At which point a commando team came on board and a couple of crew members where killed but the bulk are still alive to this day.

    Smith at the same time North Korea blew a huge hole in the side of a South Korean ship sending the ENTIRE ship and her crew to the bottom of the sea.

    A ship and crew to the bottom of the Ocean and you folks make these silly tears for what happened on a ship that left port vocally challenging a military blockade. That is why the "world" isn't really pressed on this and the story has mostly died Smith. There were more pressing problems and most in the world know that there are few countries in the world that some wack job wants to haul into some world court.

    If you can't drag a little country like North Korea into the court what chance do you think of dragging any Israeli government figure into any court?

    October 5, 2010 at 1:49 am |
    • Frank

      A 'few wack jobs'? Try the majority of the world at this point. But Israel is America's little puppet so they get away with anything at this point.

      October 5, 2010 at 2:28 am |
    • Reality

      The Palestine-Isreal conflict: Some recommendations:

      Israel's formation was approved by the UN in 1948. It should honor the original UN agreement and live within the described borders. Considering the hate generated by passages in the koran and torah, erecting dividing walls between Muslims and Jews is highly recommended. UN forces should control these walls.

      And Jerusalem should be made into an international city under the control and protection of the UN.

      October 5, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  7. Smith in Oregon

    Shortly after multiple midnight bulldozing destruction of a ancient Islamic cemetery in Jerusalem crushing hundreds of headstones and monuments under the guise of forcing a Israeli Peace Museum on the Palestinian people, rabid bands of Zionists firebombing a Mosque must seem rather tame. Probably just some bored Zionists that couldn't find a stray Palestinian to jump and club to death. The world is looking forward to the long list of serious international crimes resulting from Israel's invasion of the Gaza strip and the botched Israeli raid in International Waters on a NATO flagged cargo ship, are brought to the world's courts.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:32 am |
  8. Reality

    And it "ain't any better" in Palestine or other areas around the globe:


    An excerpt:

    "The conflict in Lebanon has ignited a robust debate on jihadist Web sites over backing for Hezbollah, the Shiite group that set off the crisis when it seized two Israeli soldiers on July 12. The discussions reflect the widening divide between Shiite and Sunni Arabs in parts of the Middle East. Accusing Palestinians of being anti-Shiite, one Iraqi Shiite militant bitterly wrote, “It is better to concentrate one’s efforts on helping the Shiite kinfolk rather than the Sunnis.”

    Fill in the answers below:

    Hamas, Sunni or Shiite??

    Fatah, Sunni or Shiite??

    Pakistan, Sunni or Shiite? Which group assassinated Bhutto??

    Malaysia, nearing a Sunni theocracy?

    Bahrain, Sunni or Shiite???

    Phillipines, Sunni or Shiite???

    Taliban, Sunni or Shiite???

    Somalia, Sunni or Shiite???

    And it could all be solved by simply "deflawing" the koran!!!!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  9. Frank

    Is CNN really that gutless to not put 'JEWISH Vandals torch West Bank mosque'? Grow some balls, CNN!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  10. Mike

    To "Reality"; so you think, "It is very likely that the mosque was torched by the opposing Muslim sect in the neighborhood"? Just like there are 'buttock openings' in isreal TODAY who state that, 'It is still a mystery who actually killed Yitzhak Rabin'. REALLY! still don't know? Or still trying to hide the truth that an ireali terrorist killed one of their own because M. Rabin actually wanted peace. How about a reality CHECK?

    October 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  11. Frankly Speaking..

    And for a moment people will open their eyes to the fact that terrorism is not tied to a religion/people but before they affirm a tide of articles will follow to remind us that our opinion is controlled by a facade.

    Islam is peace attained by submitting your will to the creator of one and only creator. It stands very clearly against violence and oppression.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      Islam is peace attained by submitting your will to **the one and only creator.

      October 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
    • Reality

      Frankly speaking about the real Islam of today with some examples:

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      October 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Thank you for your words and comments, they give me hope for tomorrow.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:36 am |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Thank you Frankly Speaking for your words and comments, they give me hope for tomorrow.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:38 am |
  12. Iqbal khan


    October 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  13. Reality

    It is very likely that the mosque was torched by the opposing Muslim sect in the neighborhood.

    To wit:

    From: http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/02/03/iraq.cleric.ap/index.html

    "Al-Sistani was apparently referring to Abdullah bin Jabrain, a key member of Saudi Arabia's clerical establishment, who last month joined a chorus of other senior figures from the hardline Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam that regards Shiites as infidels.

    Bin Jabrain described Shiites as "the most vicious enemy of Muslims."

    Looks we should build a wall around the entire Middle East until these backward, immature, and irrational clerics can have at it with each other.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
    • Ruspanic

      The Wahhabi branch of Islam, though relatively small, produces a lot of Islamic extremists. Wahhabi is the sect of Osama bin Laden and most of Saudi Arabia, and heavily influenced the Taliban.

      October 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  14. Frogist

    It is not one religion alone that makes a terrorist. There are many factors. Sometimes I wonder either side really wants peace.

    October 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  15. Yasmin

    And we are told to believe by these same neocon pro-Israeli commentators all over the media that all terrorists are Muslim.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
    • peace2all


      Actually, (not all )pro-Israeli commentators all over the media, believe that (all) terrorists are Muslim.

      I have come across some over the years that are against 'any' form of terrorism, whether they be Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc.. Atheists.

      Terrorism is not just defined by 'a group.' Please be careful of over-generalizing.


      October 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
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