The chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Teqoam, which some Palestinians regard as illegal, condemned Jewish settlers for allegedly setting a mosque alight in the early morning hours of December 11. The mosque was located in the northern West Bank village of Yasouf.
Said Menachem Froman to local media, "This is just insanity, blasphemy, an insult to the Judaism before Islam." "What [these] settlers did does not represent the settlers, nor Jews," Froman added.
Rabbi Froman vowed that he would lead a large group of Israeli settlers to help the Palestinian village rebuild its mosque as penitence for "the crime that was committed by the settlers."
Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who leads Israel Sephardic Jews, is expected to issue his own denunciation on Sunday, December 13, following the Jewish Sabbath. Fromer said. Rabbi Amar had intended to condemn the arson on Friday, but was apparently unable to do so by sundown Friday evening, the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath.
Rabbi Froman asked that his deep regret be expressed to Palestinians for the incident. The Jewish religion prohibits attacks on religious shrines, he added.