LUBBANAL–SHARQIYA, occupied West Bank (IPS) – “There is immense anger as well as a feeling of vulnerability and fear when a place of sanctuary and holiness is subject to indiscriminate violence,” says Issa Hussein.
“Despite living under a brutal military occupation and being subjected to regular attacks by Israeli settlers for decades, normally places of worship were spared,” Hussein, a spokesman from this Palestinian village, near Nablus, in the northern West Bank, told IPS.
“People could forget about the economic hardship, the political oppression and their personal problems for a few hours a week as they retreated to pray in the mosque.”
All this changed dramatically for the agricultural village of 3,000 residents a few weeks ago.
Israeli settlers from one of…
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