Police investigating new 'price tag' attacks in West Bank

By JPOST.COM
September 8, 2011 13:21

Two vehicles reportedly set on fire, vandals spray-paint mosque in W. Bank; attack follows vandalism at IDF base.

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Graffiti on a mosque near Nablus, Monday

price tag graffiti mosque 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

The IDF informed police of new 'price tag' attacks launched by suspected far right elements on Palestinian targets in the West Bank on Thursday. 

In the first incident, a mosque in the West Bank village of Yitma, near Nablus, was vandalized with graffiti. In the second incident, two Palestinian vehicles were torched in the village of Kablan. 
Police and IDF forces are preparing to enter the crime scenes to collect evidence.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned by far-right attacks in the area, and announced the establishment of a special task force on Wednesday to track down those behind "price tag" attacks.

On Wednesday, vandals broke into an army base outside the Beit El settlement, slashing tires and breaking windows on 13 vehicles. It was the first such "price-tag" attack against the IDF, and drew major condemnation from the government.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said
“This was an abhorrent crime directed against commanders and vehicles, the mission of which is to protect the lives of Israeli civilians in Judea and Samaria.”

In the past, right-wing extremists have punctured the tires of military jeeps, torched a military vehicle and even thrown a fire bomb at one, but they have never infiltrated a base.


On Tuesday morning, the night after the IDF razed three homes in the Migron outpost, settlers set fire to property in a mosque near Nablus.

The state destroyed the homes after a petition filed to the High Court claimed that they were built following an agreement that the whole outpost would be moved to neighboring Adam. The High Court ruled that the Migron settlement was illegally constructed on Palestinian land.

Yaakov Lappin and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.


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