Posted by: becketfund | September 9, 2006

Palestine: Gunmen Torch Qalqilya YMCA

YNet news reports that gunmen identified as members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad torched the YMCA headquarters in the West Bank on September 9, accusing the organization of missionary activity and demanding that it leave town or face violence from Muslim groups.  The attack follows a petition that local mosques and Muslim organizations submitted to the Interior Minister of the Palestinian Authority in April, asking that the YMCA be closed.  However, Joseph Medi, the YMCA’s manager, says that in the six years it existed in the West Bank, the organization was never involved in missionary activity, providing only sporting activities, educational programs and financial aid to the local community.

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