Sunday, February 7, 2016

Police:W.Bank Synagogue Burned Up by Arsonists; Netanyahu Says Fire Due to Palestinian Incitement

An investigative team of police officers and firefighters today (February 7, 2016) concluded that a fire that consumed a makeshift synagogue in a West Bank outpost on February 5 was the result of arson, the Times of Israel website reports.

According to an initial investigation, suspected attackers set fire to holy Jewish texts at an outpost next to the Karmei Tzur settlement in the West Bank.

There were no injuries in the incident, but books -- piled up and set on fire --  were badly damaged and the tent that housed them and served as a synagogue went up in flames.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- believing the fire was the result of Palestinian incitement -- said today that Israel would "do everything to find [the perpetrators] and bring them to justice." He added, "We are in the midst of a hard battle between those who seek coexistence and peace and those who want war and blood."

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