Torah scrolls set ablaze in Gush Etzion

The burned Torah scrolls in Gush Etzion. Credit: Courtesy Karmei Tzur security department.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Suspected Palestinian arsonists set fire to Torah scrolls on Friday in a synagogue located in Givat Sorek, within the Gush Etzion region of Judea and Samaria.

The Givat Sorek outpost was established atop a hill overlooking the site where three Jewish teens (Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Frenkel) were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in the summer of 2014. The vandalized synagogue, comprising a prayer tent that housed the Torahs, was named after the three boys, who were murdered soon after their abduction.

Investigators found a trail of evidence leading to the nearby Palestinian village of Halhul, prompting the authorities to conclude that Palestinian perpetrators were behind the arson attack.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin described the sights from the scene of the arson attack as “heart-wrenching.”

“The affront to the sanctity of our people hurts even more when it happens in a place that commemorates those who were viciously murdered,” Rivlin said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote Facebook page, “I expect the international community to condemn the desecration of a synagogue, an act that is the result of incessant Palestinian incitement.”

Posted on February 8, 2016 .