Extreme right wing activists vandalized three cars and the exterior wall of a
mosque in the Palestinian West Bank village of Burka outside of Ramallah early
The IDF is working on the assumption that the vandals
executed a “price tag” attack of retribution for its evacuation of the Geulat
Zion outpost on Wednesday morning as well as the Palestinian murder of IDF
soldier Tomer Hazan last month. “Geulat Zion loves Tomer Hazan” was written on
the mosque’s exterior wall.
According to Sarit Michaeli of the Israeli
nongovernmental group B’Tselem, her organization has recorded 12 attacks by
right wing extremists against Burka since 2007. She added that police have not
caught any of the assailants in these incidents.
The vandalism against
the mosque marks the second price-tag attack in the West Bank in 24 hours.
Security forces on Wednesday arrested four Israelis for attacking the
Palestinian village of Jalud – vandalizing an elementary school and lightly
injuring a soldier – and another two during the demolition of the Geulat Zion
outpost, near the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.
Four of those arrested
on Wednesday were minors and two were adults. The adults were released on
Thursday night and the minors will be released on Friday morning, according to
nonprofit organization Honainu, which defended them in court.
organization claimed that those arrested were innocent, and said that those from
the security forces who ran after them had their guns drawn and were not in
uniform. It noted that the youngest of the arrestees was only 14.