Monday, September 12, 2005

Palestinians set fire to Morag synagogue and vow to "destroy all the synagogues"

Palestinians celebrate the Gaza Strip pullout while on top of a burning synagogue AFP (from ABC News Online)

From Jerusalem Post Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Sep. 12, 2005 3:23 Updated Sep. 12, 2005 3:28, By MARGOT DUDKEVITCH AND AP ...

Only hours after IDF troops left the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinians entered the former settlement of Morag and set its synagogue on fire early Monday morning. Eyewitnesses said Hamas flags were carried around the former Jewish community.

Following Sunday's cabinet decision against the demolition of synagogues, ...Palestinian Interior Ministry spokesman, Tawfiq Abu Khoussa, told The Associated Press...that the PA intends to destroy all the synagogues.

The PA who claimed that the Gaza synagogues symbolized Israel's occupation earlier Sunday boycotted the ceremony marking the handover of the Gaza Strip in what was widely viewed as a protest against the cabinet's decision. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Israel of 'throwing problems' in the Palestinians' faces. 'It's really unfair,' Erekat said."

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