Gaza synagogues face destruction

Friday, September 09, 2005 | 
Israel's Supreme Court has given a green light to the army to demolish 25 Gaza synagogues to prevent their desecration by Palestinian mobs. The court rejected an appeal by rabbis, who warned that destroying the synagogues is a violation of Jewish Law. “Even if they’re not praying there, these synagogues are holy,” said settler rabbi Haim Druckman. “It's better for the Palestinians to desecrate them, than for Jews to do it.” The Cabinet will vote on demolishing the synagogues on Sunday. For the settlement movement, which is already reeling over the Gaza pullout, it's another bitter pill.

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