So nice to see the Palestinians respectful of other religions’ places of worship. So much so that they’ll use them as military bases.

The ruins of two large synagogues in evacuated Jewish communities of the Gaza Strip have been transformed into military bases used by Palestinian Arab groups to fire rockets at Israeli cities, according to a senior leader of a Gaza militant group.

When Israel withdrew from the Gaza in August, 2005, it left intact 20 synagogues of the Gush Katif Jewish communities following an Israeli Cabinet decision against demolishing the structures. Immediately after the Israeli evacuation was completed, Palestinian Arabs destroyed most of the Gaza synagogues.

And who do the Palestinians blame for the desecration of these synagogues? Do you really have to ask?

“We are proud to turn these lands, especially these parts that were for long time the symbol of occupation and injustice, like the synagogue, into a military base and source of fire against the Zionists and the Zionist entity,” Mr. Abir said.

Mr. Abir blamed the Jewish state for the desecration of the Gaza synagogues by Palestinian Arabs, claiming the decision to leave the structures intact was part of an Israeli conspiracy.

Israel “left the synagogues behind so the world would see the Palestinians destroying them,” Mr. Abir said.

“We’re proud to do it, but they made us do it.” What a tortured piece of logic. Here’s an idea; how about just a tiny bit of self-restraint on the part of the Palestinians? Is that really too much to ask?

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Filed under: IsraelMiddle East

Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!