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Arson attack on Islamic centre in Jaffa on Eid

February 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

The headquarters of the Yaffa Islamic Club has been attacked by Jewish settlers who set fire to the inside of the building on Shivtei Israel Street in Jaffa. The arson attack took place on Sunday, the day of Eid commemorating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

As with other Muslim organisations around Israel, occupied Palestine and the rest of the world, the club had arranged for an Eid celebration to take place after the evening prayers. Instead, the club’s members found themselves having to clear up after the attack by settlers, who had issued threats to the building in advance. Despite this, the Israeli police have not apprehended or charged anyone over the attack. Witnesses told the local media that they believe the arsonists to be the same people who issued the warning notice.

Jewish settlers target Palestinian districts and homes and try to drive the inhabitants out of the area before moving in themselves. This is part of Israel’s “Judaisation” policy across occupied Jerusalem and those parts of Palestine occupied by the Israeli state in 1948.


Photo’s by Tia, activist and project worker in West Bank