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Synagogue in southern West Bank torched in apparent act of arson

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is a breaking news editor at the Times of Israel.

The damaged synagoge building at Ziv's Lookout, near the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Hever and the Palestinian village of Birin, on January 15, 2022. (Fire and Rescue Services)
The damaged synagoge building at Ziv's Lookout, near the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Hever and the Palestinian village of Birin, on January 15, 2022. (Fire and Rescue Services)

A building used as a synagogue at a memorial site in the south Hebron hills has been torched in an apparent act of arson, firefighting officials say.

The synagogue, located at Ziv’s Lookout, near the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Hever and the Palestinian village of Birin, was found with its entire contents burnt, including Jewish prayer books and an empty Torah ark.

According to the Israel Fire and Rescue services, firefighters found several car tires inside the building, which were apparently lit on fire and hurled inside.

“The findings at the scene indicate arson,” the fire services say in a statement.

The site is dedicated to security guards Yehuda Ben Yosef and Yoav Doron, who were killed in a friendly fire incident in 2003, and has seen several incidents of vandalism and arson over the years.

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