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On 4 and 5 May, Ramallah Palestine News Agency, WAFA, carried reports on reactions to the incident of torching the mosque in Lubna al-Sharqiyah village:
Settlers Set Mosque on Fire
At 0356 gmt, on 4 May, WAFA reports that settlers torched, at dawn today, the main mosque in Lubna al-Sharqiyah southern Nablus. The agency cites eyewitnesses, who visited the mosque, as saying that the fire destroyed all of its contents. WAFA concludes by quoting the village citizens and the people neighbouring the mosque as saying that they woke up at 3:15 a.m. to unusual breaking sounds and vehicle movement, and after a few moments they were surprised to see fire coming out of the village's mosque.
Grand Mufti Checks Mosque and Warns Against Religious War
At 0742 gmt, on 4 May, WAFA reports that Shaykh Muhammad Husayn, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, visited, today morning, Lubna al-Sharkiyah's mosque, which was attacked and torched by settlers. The agency quotes the Mufti as saying that "the attacks on mosques fall under a programmed policy aimed to fuel the conflict and show the degree of disregard of the religious and humanitarian values of others."
It further cites him as saying that heavenly religions ban harming or attacking places of worship. WAFA concludes by saying that the Mufti warned against such crimes which threaten with religious wars and called for an effective international, Islamic, and Arab stand.
Fatah's International Relations Commission: Israel Wants Religious War
At 0904 gmt, on 4 May, WAFA cites Fatah's International Relations Commission - the Islamic world department - as stressing that "Israel wants a progressive religious war aiming to burn the green leaves considered as ideas for peace."
According to the agency, the commission considered in a press conference, today, that "this war aims to expel Palestinians from their homeland and targets Palestine and the …