More Koran desecration is being reported — this time in Israel. Israeli parliamentarian Ahmed Tibi has called for a Knesset investigation of the incident, which is supposed to have taken place in Megiddo prison on June 7. Ha’aretz reports:
Prisoners claim that at approximately 10:00 A.M., security forces who raided the prison in order to disperse a riot entered the prisoner cells, where they ripped pages out of the Islamic holy book and, in some instances, stepping on them.
Palestinian security prisoners told Tibi that they have launched a hunger strike and that they will refuse to see visitors in protest to the alleged desecration.
Prison Service officials said in response that the pages alleged to have been torn out of the Koran were larger in size than those usually found in a copy of the Koran, and thus were pages from a different book altogether.
Officials did allow, however, that during the search for weapons and cellular phones, soldiers may have shaken copies of the Koran but deny that pages were ripped out.