Israeli Settlers Try To Torch Historic Mosque In Jerusalem, Spray-paint Anti-Muslim Graffiti
Late on Tuesday night, a group of Israeli settlers attempted to burn down the now disused mosque of Akasha Bin Mohsin. They were unable to obtain entry, and so proceeded to torch the exterior, and spray-painted graffiti including ‘Mohammed is a pig’ on the blackened walls.
The mosque, which was excavated in 2003, is located in West Jerusalem off Jaffa Street, and marks the burial site of Muslim disciple Akasha Bin Mohsin (a tenth century follower of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad). He is believed by Muslims to have been killed in battle, and washed by angels between earth and heaven. The building still hosts a minaret, but is currently being used for storage by the city council.
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