The incident, which was compared to reports of Qurans that had allegedly been destroyed at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, evoked fear of possible prisoner riots. However, a special investigative committee found the prisoners themselves had torn the Quran copies in an attempt to stir controversy.
According to the Prison Service, prisoner representatives apologized for the incident, saying it was a Hamas-affiliated minority that carried out the act.
But this didn’t stop Islamic Jihad from claiming that today’s attack on an Israeli civilian car was ‘in retaliation’ for the Koran abuse. Reports such as Reuters’ included this absurd statement without reference to the admission cited above, thereby leaving the uninformed reader with the impression that today’s terrorist attack had some sort of justification.