Mosque fire in Israel blamed on Jewish extremists in “Price Tag” campaign
A mosque in a Bedouin village in northern Israel was set on fire and graffiti sprayed on its walls overnight on Monday, locals said, in an attack blamed on Jewish extremists. “The whole mosque was burned — the carpet, the books, the Korans, all burned,” the village imam, Fuad Zangariya, told Army Radio. Zanagariya said the words “Palmer” and “revenge” were sprayed on the entrance to the mosque.
Last week police said a car crash on September 23 which killed Asher Palmer, a Jewish settler, and his one-year-old-son was caused by Palestinians who threw stones at the car.
Israel police said the mosque was badly damaged, its carpets and interior burned and the Hebrew words “Price Tag” sprayed on its wall. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack, saying it offended the nation’s core values.
For some hardline Jewish settlers, the “Price Tag” slogan signifies payback for any Israeli curbs on settlement in the West Bank, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and where Palestinians hope to create an independent state. Two mosques were vandalized in the territory last month following partial demolitions by the Israeli army in an unauthorized Jewish settlement.