Palestinians used Bible toilet paper - Muslims´ desecration of holy book received little notice (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) 05/18/05 1:00 a.m. Eastern)
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While Muslims have responded with deadly outrage to the now-
retracted report by Newsweek of alleged Quran desecration by U.S.
interrogators, there was little outcry three years ago when Islamic
terrorists holed up in Bethlehem´s Church of the Nativity reportedly
used the Bible as toilet paper.
Catholic priests in the church marking the spot where Jesus was
believed to have been born said that during the five-week siege,
Palestinians tore up some Bibles for toilet paper and removed many
valuable sacramental objects, according to a May 15, 2002, report by
the Washington Times.
Newsweek is under fire for a report in its May 9 edition that
sparked protests and rioting across the Muslim world resulting in 17
dead, scores injured, relief buildings burned down and a setback to
years of coalition-building against terrorists.
Newsweek´s Periscope column written by Michael Isikoff and John
Barry included a brief item alleging U.S. military investigators at
the Guantanamo Bay prison found evidence that interrogators placed
copies of the Quran down the toilet in an effort to get prisoners to
Despite Newsweek´s retraction, the outrage in the Muslim world
In Saudi Arabia yesterday, the country´s top religious authority,
Grand Mufti Adul-Aziz al-Sheik, condemned the alleged desecration
and called for an investigation "to alleviate the sorrow that befell
"We condemn and denounce this criminal act against Muslims´ most
sacred item," al-Sheik said.
Afghanistan´s government said Newsweek should be held responsible
for damages caused by the demonstrations, and Pakistan said the
magazine´s apology and retraction were "not enough."
In contrast, during the 2002 church siege, the muted complaints of
Christians under the Muslim-dominated Palestinian Authority gained
The Palestinian gunmen, members of Yasser Arafat´s Al Aqsa Martyrs
Brigade, seized church stockpiles of food and "ate like greedy
monsters" until the food ran out, while more than 150 civilians went
hungry, the Washington Times report said.
The indulgence lasted about two weeks into the 39-day siege, when
the food and drink ran out, according to an account by four Greek
Orthodox priests trapped inside. A church helper told the Times the
quantity of food consumed by the gunmen in the first 15 days should
have lasted six months.
Angry Orthodox priests showed reporters empty bottles of whiskey,
champagne, vodka, cognac and French wine on the floor along with
hundreds of cigarette butts.
"They should be ashamed of themselves. They acted like animals, like
greedy monsters. Come, I will show you more," said one priest, who
declined to give his name.
Computers were taken apart and a television set dismantled for use
as a hiding place for weapons.
"You can see what repayment we got for ´hosting´ these so-called
guests," said Archbishop Ironius, according to the Times report.
(© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 05/18/05)
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