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  5/25/2012, Sivan 4, 5772

MK's Call for Action in Response to Na'aran Desecration


Chairmen Aryeh Eldad and Ze'ev Elkin of the Knesset's Land of Israel lobby reacted, Friday, to the desecration of the ancient Na'aran synagogue, next to Jericho, by demanding that Israel take over the site. They cited "the absolute impotence of the Palestinian Authority in maintaining its commitment to the Oslo Accords to protect historical sites transferred its responsibilities." A statement by the lobby noted, "The use of Nazi symbols shows, once more, the close connection between Nazi anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews among Palestinians."

Information and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said, "It proves, again, that places that are holy to the Jews must be under Israeli sovereignty and only thus will they be protected." He said the damage was no surprise, given the desecration of archaeological findings on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Referring to Jewish acts in response to similar acts or threats against Jewish property, Member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari called on the police and the Shabak Israel Security Agency to treat the vandalism like an attack on a mosque, adding, "Otherwise, the government will be releasing Price Tag actions."