Statistics made available by a human rights organisation reveal that the Israeli occupation forces and illegal Jewish settlers have violated sacred Muslim sites on Palestinian land on 80 occasions in the period from January to August 2012.
The figures obtained by Quds Press from the Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights indicate that violations by settlers vary from torching and storming mosques to writing racist slogans on mosque walls in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Mosques have also been demolished; the latest such incident was the demolition of the Mafqara Mosque, south of Hebron, last week.
The Solidarity Foundation said that there has been an escalation in the frequency of Israeli violations against sacred sites. "The Israeli occupation's ongoing oppressive policy against Islamic places of worship is considered to be a flagrant violation of Muslim rights in Palestine," said a spokesperson.
The human rights organisation also stated that it recorded 23 violations by Israelis in 2011. They included the torching and demolition of seven mosques as well as settlers breaking into places of worship and writing racist slogans on their walls.