Shalom Life | October 25, 2014

Jerusalem Mosque Desecrated with Graffiti and Set on Fire

Police Investigating Attack on 12th Century Mosque

By: Leonard Carl

Published: December 14th, 2011 in News » World

Jerusalem Mosque Desecrated with Graffiti and Set on Fire

Vandals set fire to a 12th Century mosque in the centre of Jerusalem, located in the middle of an ultra-Orthodox community.

The Nebi Akasha mosque also had its walls marked with graffiti denigrating Islam and Arabs. There was no structural damage caused by the December 14th, early morning attack.

The graffiti, written in Hebrew, translates to “A good Arab is a dead Arab”, “Kahana is alive” and"Mohammed is a pig",

"We must show zero tolerance toward violence in any shape or form and continue to maintain coexistence in the city," said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, in a statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the violence "intolerable" and told security forces to "to act aggressively" against the perpetrators.

The mosque had not been used as a place of worship since Israel's war of independence in 1948, and it had recently been renovated and turned into a storage facility.

The words "price tag" were also sprayed on the walls – referring to attacks which settlers and extremists say they are carrying out as revenge for any attempts made by the Israeli government to control settlement construction.

The Israeli police have begun an investigation in the arson while its internal security service, Shin Bet, is also said to be looking at the crime.

Other acts of vandalism were reported overnight with two Palestinian cars set on fire, one south of Nablus and the other near Qalqilya.

In a meeting requested by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, Israeli Justice Minister Yaakov Ne'eman recommend that acts of violence by right-wing activists be called “terror acts” and those who commit the acts, “terrorists”.

Jews Around the World to Take Part in the Shabbat Project Jews Around the World to Take Part in the Shabbat Project TrendingOp-Ed: A New Low for the Associated Press Op-Ed: A New Low for the Associated Press Trending“Cloud & Light” Takes First Place in Sukkahville 2014 “Cloud & Light” Takes First Place in Sukkahville 2014 Trending
 

Seinfeld Finally Joins Facebook and Instagram [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seinfeld Finally Joins Facebook and Instagram [VIDEO]

A hilarious video shows Michael Richards asking Seinfeld to take out Netflix and Hulu.

Read More

Seth Rogen and Megan Fox Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen and Megan Fox Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’

Rogen and Fox will be co-starring alongside Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Dave Franco

Read More

Mila Kunis Dolls Are Coming To a Store Near You

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mila Kunis Dolls Are Coming To a Store Near You

Adorable dolls featuring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in 'Jupiter Ascending' are coming out in January

Read More

Jews Around the World to Take Part in the Shabbat Project

October 24, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Jews Around the World to Take Part in the Shabbat Project

Jews in 460 cities across the world to take part in the inspirational Jewish initiative, including Paula Abdul and Mayim Bialik

Read More

Wix Named 'Hottest Middle Eastern Startup'

October 24, 2014 | By Viva Sarah Press
Wix Named 'Hottest Middle Eastern Startup'

Inc. magazine credits Israeli DIY website creation platform with taking a complicated task and making it enjoyable

Read More

‘Fury’ A Blistering Account of World War II—Sans the Holocaust

October 24, 2014 | By Jason Stack, JNS.org
‘Fury’ A Blistering Account of World War II—Sans the Holocaust

The Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf-starring film essentially omits the brunt of the Holocaust from World War II

Read More

Israeli Company Shows that Energy Does in Fact Grow on Trees

October 24, 2014 | By NoCamels Team
Israeli Company Shows that Energy Does in Fact Grow on Trees

The eTree is a solar-powered urban habitat that is constructed from metal pipes and topped with solar panels

Read More

For the First Time Ever, Women of the Wall Hold Torah Reading at the Kotel

October 24, 2014 | By Kobi Nachshoni
For the First Time Ever, Women of the Wall Hold Torah Reading at the Kotel

Western Wall rabbi says "This will never happen again" after the group managed to smuggle a tiny scroll into the women's section of the Western Wall

Read More

More Headlines