Palestinian sources have accused Jewish extremists of attempting to set fire to the world-famous Hassan Bek mosque in the city of Jaffa.
Eyewitnesses said that three persons, who are believed to be Jewish, tried to set fire to the mosque in the pre-dawn hours of yesterday morning before fleeing the scene. The plastic cover they tried to burn only ignited for a short time and, with the aid of worshipers, the fire was extinguished and the mosque survived the arson attempt.
Engineer Zaki Igbaria, President of the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, condemned the criminal attack on the mosque, saying: "This is not the first time that extremist Jews have attempt to burn the Hassan Bek mosque. This indicates a deliberate intention to target the mosque, especially considering that the Israeli authority and its agenices are doing nothing to hunt down the aggressors. We therefore hold the Israeli entity responsible for this attack and any future attacks."
Mohammed Ashkar, a member of the Al-Aqsa Foundation and its representative in the city of Jaffa, said, "Such abuse is a clear sign to target mosques in the city of Jaffa, but we assure everyone that Jaffa's minarets will continue to persevere loudly in their calls to prayers and its mosques will continue to be full of worshipers."