It seems wildly unlikely that any Israeli (or American) soldiers would do this, given the tendency for Muslims to react to such incidents, whether real or imagined, with irrational violence. And remember: in this conflict, one side wants to stir up that irrational violence and start a new intifada, and one side wants to maintain peace. Which side, then, is more likely to have barbecued these Qur’ans? “Israeli troops blamed for Korans burned during arrest raid,” from AFP, October 25 (thanks to all who sent this in):
JAYYUS, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – A Palestinian woman on Monday accused Israeli troops of burning two Korans when they came to arrest her husband during an overnight raid in the northern West Bank.
Sahar Beida, 40, said the troops confined her and her daughter to a separate room when they detained her husband Ismail in the town of Jayyus near Qalqilya.
“When I came out I was shocked to find our Korans were on the front step and had been burned,” she told AFP. “They took the Korans from the house and burned them in the alley.
“We didn’t see it happen because my daughter and I were in another room. They locked the door and would not let us talk or move or do anything.”
An AFP photographer was shown charred pages from a Koran during a visit to the house….