West Bank Structure Used as Synagogue Torched in Suspected Arson Attack

The structure, which has been set ablaze a number of times in the past, stands adjacent to the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Hever

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The synogogue building by the settlement of Ma'ale Hever near Hebron, in the West Bank.
The synogogue building by the settlement of Ma'ale Hever near Hebron, in the West Bank.Credit: Israel Fire and Rescue Service
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A building that served as a synagogue in the southern West Bank went up in flames over the weekend with evidence pointing to an arson attack, according to Israel's Fire and Rescue Service.

Tires that had apparently been thrown inside the building were found at the scene, according to the fire service. Holy books were also damaged in the blaze.

The building, named Mitzpeh Ziv, is adjacent to the settlement of Ma'ale Hever, in an isolated area not far from Hebron. It has been torched a number of times in the past.

The burned building by the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Hever.Credit: Israel Fire and Rescue Service

In addition to serving as a synagogue, where prayer services are held once a week, the location serves as an observation point and tourist spot.

The building was established in memory of Yehuda Ben-Yosef and Yoav Doron, who were accidentally killed by Israeli army fire as they guarded an antenna that had been installed there to head off the evacuation of an unauthorized outpost at the site.

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