(JNS.org) A historic synagogue that dates back to the 18th century and is located in an Arab town in northern Israel was firebombed with a Molotov cocktail on Wednesday as the recent spate of violence throughout the Jewish state persists.
The synagogue had just been renovated this year in an indicator of positive interfaith relations in the area, the Times of Israel reported.
Additionally, a mosque near Ramallah was burned on Wednesday. Investigations into the perpetrators of both incidents are ongoing.
While Likud MK Miri Regev condemned the arson attack against the mosque, saying “that it is forbidden to take the law in to your own hands,” the Islamic Jihad terror group vowed retaliation. The Gaza-based terror group already claimed responsibility for the two stabbing attacks on Monday in which IDF soldier Sgt. Almog Shiloni and Israeli woman Dalya Lamkus were killed.
“Those who encourage and allow attacks on mosques and against Palestinians should expect a response,” Islamic Jihad said in a statement, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor, meanwhile, accused the U.N. Security Council of staying silent on recent terror attacks on Israelis despite the fact that recent cartoons published by the Palestinian Fatah party’s Facebook page have encouraged Israeli Arabs to run over Jews with their cars in order to “protect” the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Complacency breeds disaster. The international community has done nothing but be complacent, ” Prosor told the council.
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