More Security for Mosques, But Not Shuls

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel’s Ministry of the Interior stood accused of allocating a large sum of money for the protection of mosques and monasteries while ignoring the security needs of Jewish holy places, Arutz Sheva reported on Tuesday.

The Ministry plans to invest some 15 million shekels in protecting mosques and monasteries from vandalism, according to Army Radio, but not a shekel for Jewish religious sites.

“If the Minister of the Interior managed to get a sum of 15 million shekels of taxpayer money from residents of Israel and Jewish residents of Yehuda and Shomron, in order to care for Arab property, do we not deserve a similar investment in the protection of our bodies and property?” asked Sagi Keisler of the Binyamin and Shomron Residents Councils.

In response to a series of vandalism incidents in recent months, Interior Minister Gideon Saar (Likud-Beiteinu) has reportedly approved additional funding for security camera, for dozens of Muslim and Christian places of worship.

Keisler recalled the recent vandalism in Mitzpeh Yericho, which included the desecration of a Torah scroll, as well as in arson attacks in Yerushalayim, Ramle and elsewhere as well.

He also called for installing security cameras at junctions to prevent rock-throwing attacks on motorists, and to combat thefts and vandalism targeting Jewish farms.