AJC Condemns West Bank Mosque Desecration

New York - December 11, 2009 - AJC condemned the attack on a mosque in the West Bank village of Yasuf, allegedly carried out by extremist Jewish settlers.

"This was a shameful desecration of a house of worship," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Muslim holy texts were burned, extremist and bigoted slogans were daubed in Hebrew, prayer rugs were destroyed. We trust and expect that the Israeli authorities will apprehend those responsible for this grotesque crime."

Harris noted that the attack was denounced by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and is now being actively investigated by the IDF and the Israeli police.

"The people who carried out this attack do not represent Israel," Harris said. "We are dealing with a small but fanatical and violent minority who seek to undermine the democratic values which lie at the heart of Israel's identity."  
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