Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Thursday visited the mosque in Al-Mughayir, a village north-east of Ramallah in Samaria, which Arab locals claim was the target of a Jewish arson attack.
The mosque fire came the same night a firebomb was hurled at the ancient synagogue of Shefar'am in the Galilee causing minor damage. However, the accusations of Jewish involvement in the mosque fire were cast into sharp doubt by a Channel 1 reporter, who found that a space heater - a common cause of electrical fires - and a fuse box were burnt at the site, and quickly removed after he reported on it.
Hamdallah said after his visit that the Palestinian Authority (PA) intends to demand international elements force Israel to put an end to "these attacks."
The Palestinian Arabs "will never give up on their historical rights to Palestine and the holy sites," Hamdallah stated, despite the well-documented historical absence of an Arab state of "Palestine."
The Fatah and Hamas unity government leader continued by claiming Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria escalated "religious incitement" to uproot the Arab residents "from their land," by such means as trying to "Judaize" the Al-Aqsa Mosque - namely the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism where the First and Second Temples stood.
Hamdallah's call for international pressure against Israeli "attacks" comes precisely amid a wave of Arab terrorism engulfing the Jewish state, which PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas urged on in a way that is reminiscent of the manner in which his predecessor,Yasser Arafat, sparked the great terror onslaught that began in 2000 and is known by the Arabs as the Second Intifada.
Abbas's Fatah faction has been actively pressing for terrorist attacks on Jews, with the attempt to continue the discriminatory status quo by which the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) forbids Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount serving as a focal point of the incitement.