Before we start, it is necessary to once again lament the security given to Joseph’s Tomb by the Arab Authorities as once again we find that it was permitted to be desecrated and burned completely down destroying the multiple-thousands of shekels of holy books and other items which adorn the tomb dressing it with the dignity it deserves only for it to face destruction and desecration without even a whimper of complaint by a world devoid of feelings nor capable of compassion for this holy site of Judaism and Christianity. This holy site and the entirety of the holy sites in Judea and Samaria must be returned to their proper caretakers and the only people who would keep such shrines from becoming the blazing inferno pictured below which was Josephs Tomb a night or two ago.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) and its leaders, including President Mahmoud Abbas, cannot evade responsibility for the latest wave of terror attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
True, in the end it turned out that Hamas was behind the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their four children, but there is no ignoring the fact that the anti-Israel incitement of Abbas and other Palestinian leaders in Ramallah paved the way for the terrorists to carry out this and other attacks.
The incitement, which has been around for many years, intensified after the arson attack that killed three members of the Dawabsha family in the West Bank village of Duma in July.
Since then, Abbas and his senior officials have been waging an unprecedented campaign of incitement against Israel in general and Jewish settlers in particular, although the perpetrators of the Duma attack still have not been identified or caught. Palestinian Authority leaders have since accused the Israeli government of committing “war crimes,” and have told their people that the arson attack was actually part of an Israeli conspiracy against all Palestinians.
The leader of Israel’s Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, scolded the BBC and other UK media outlets for what he described as their attempts to “justify” Arab stabbing and other terrorist attacks against Israeli Jews.
Appearing on BBC’s HARDtalk Wednesday, Lapid said that the current wave of Palestinian terrorism felt “more religious” than previous ones.
“This is about Islam and Jews, this is not a national dispute or conflict,” Lapid said.
“These are Islamic assassins who want to kill Jews because they are Jews,” he added to presenter Stephen Sackur.
The opposition MK further noted how most attackers were inspired by a toxic mixture of extremist religious preachers in mosque and violent incitement on social media.
When Sackur objected to his explanation, Lapid noted that even “the stabbers” and inciters themselves were phrasing it as a religious war of annihilation against “the Jews,” and accused Sackur of providing a “justification” for such attacks.