Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Right-wing Israelis storm central West Bank town to visit controversial shrines


More than 2,000 right-wing Israelis, escorted by a large group of Israeli soldiers, stormed the Palestinian town of Kifl Haris in the central occupied West Bank to pray at a shrine late on Tuesday night.

Witnesses told Ma’an the settlers first arrived in groups at midnight and performed prayers while dancing and shouting, disrupting the community throughout the night. They left the town at 7 am.

The settlers also affixed posters with religious slogans in Hebrew on walls in several parts of the town.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

A number of tombs exist in Kifl Haris, which Palestinians in the area believe to be the graves of the prophet Dhul-Kifl, the Sufi saint Dhul-Nun, and another shrine built by 12-century sultan Saladin. more