Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinian stone-throwers in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah May 7, 2010. Israeli border police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse Palestinian [Muslim] agitators and Israeli activists during a violent protest over a land dispute with Jewish settlers people in the area.
Muslims in the ancient city of Hebron set fire to the city’s historic Jewish cemetery yesterday.
Spokesmen for the Hebron Jewish community said that since the fire broke out at about midnight and there is a tall iron fence surrounding the cemetery, arson appears to be the only plausible explanation. Hebron Jewish residents commented that the fire would have sparked international outrage if Jews had set fire to a Muslim cemetery in Hebron. In fact, when a mosque in the Palestinian Arab town of Luban al-Sharqiya was damaged in a fire of unknown origin on May 3, the New York Times published a half-page article about the incident. Police investigators said there was no Hebrew graffiti in the vicinity of the mosque, and no signs of a break-in, leading them to suspect that the fire may have been caused by a faulty electric outlet. Local Arabs accused Jews of setting the fire. So far the Times has not reported the fire in Hebron.