Monday, September 05, 2005

Religion of Peace and Tolerance

A thirty year old Muslim woman was romantically involved with a Christian man who lived in the village of Taiba, east of Ramallah, in the West Bank. When her family found out about this relationship, they welcomed him into their family. No, not really. They made sure that she was aware of the inherent difficulties of interfaith relationships, but they trusted her judgment. No, that's not what happened, either.

Here's what actually happened:
The 30-year-old woman, according to PA security sources, was apparently murdered by members of her family for having had a romance with a Christian man from Taiba.
That wasn't all:
"More than 500 Muslim men, chanting Allahu akbar [God is great], attacked us at night," said a Taiba resident. "They poured kerosene on many buildings and set them on fire. Many of the attackers broke into houses and stole furniture, jewelry and electrical appliances."

With the exception of large numbers of PA policemen, the streets of Taiba were completely deserted on Sunday as the residents remained indoors. Many torched cars littered the streets. At least 16 houses had been gutted by fire and the assailants also destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary.