Palestinians say Israeli settlers in the West Bank burnt prayer rugs and Quran copies in early morning attack.
Israeli settlers are reported to have set fire to a mosque in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank, burning the prayers rugs and a large number of copies of the Quran, as well as spraying anti-Arab graffiti on the walls.
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Good reporting on an awful incident. The article is a little ambiguous about the frequency of such attacks, using open-ended adverbs like "occasionally," and it's hard to know how prevalent a pattern this is.
Religion often has many stereotypes. This article shows how people's stereotyping has gotten the best of them. The mosque that was burned is clearly a stereotype of what some group believed of all the people in the Muslim church. The author successfully avoids naming stereotypes directly, but readers I'm sure can pinpoint them. This article does activate stereotypes about the Jewish people who were said to have burned the mosque. It gives them a bad reputation of hate toward other religions.
This story has done a fine job in not just reporting on the mosque attack but also highlighting the related incidents and thier proximity to the upcoming negotiations. Its inclusion of quotes from independent sources added depth as well.
I liked how the journalist included a short video in this article. This is definitely relevent to the past few weeks about a mosque being built where ground zero is. I think the quote about hearing chants about revenge was disappointing because this shows we can't take the high road in this case. I did think the quote about Israeli's not taking this attacks seriously enough was interesting and something to be thought more about.