Entries in Bedouin (2)


Egyptian Kidnapper Threatens to Kill Two American Hostages If Arrested

ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A Bedouin tribesman is threatening to kill two Americans he kidnapped Friday in Egypt's Sinai Desert if he's arrested.

Jirmy Abu-Masuh, 32, of the Tarbeen tribe, said in an interview that the Americans are being treated well — they've been given tea and a traditional Bedouin meal of lamb — but they won't be released until his uncle, who is in an Egyptian prison, is released as well. His uncle was taken into custody for refusing to pay 100 dollars in a bribe to police officers at a check point.

Abu-Masuh warned Saturday that if the authorities try to arrest him, he will kill the hostages, and if his uncle is not released, he will abduct more people and treat the Americans as prisoners, which could mean leaving them out in the desert.

The two Americans who were kidnapped at gunpoint Friday are 61-year-old Michel Louis, the pastor of the Free Pentecostal Church of God in Dorchester, Mass., and 39-year-old Lisa Alphonse. Louis' son said his father has diabetes and may require medical attention soon.

They were captured in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on the road to Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the 10 commandments.

This standoff was underway as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Egypt to meet with Egypt's new Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, elected after the Arab Spring.

The revolution has left the Egyptian military with no control over large areas of the country, allowing these kidnappings to take place.

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Mosque Attack in Israel; Police Suspect Jewish Extremists

MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- A mosque in a Bedouin village in northern Israel went up in flames early Monday morning in what authorities suspect was an arson attack by Jewish right-wing extremists. The inside of the mosque was badly damaged and hundreds of holy books, including the Koran, were destroyed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently condemned the attack, saying it violates the country's values of freedom of religion and the freedom to worship. The incident has sparked clashes in the Bedouin village, and Israel is increasing its security to prevent further attacks and violence. The country has beefed up security around all mosques after the arson attack.

Graffitti left by the attackers included the last name of Jew killed in a terrorist attack near Hebron last month, leading police to believe this was a "price tag" or revenge attack. Bedouin residents, some who have served in the Israeli army, were stunned by the attack, given they've always had peaceful ties with their Jewish neighbors.

Angry Bedouin youth reportedly retaliated overnight, lighting three municipal buildings on fire.

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