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(photo credit: Aatef Abu Roub/Betselem)
Vandals defaced a West Bank mosque and torched Palestinian vehicles in yet
another farright attack overnight on Wednesday, police said.
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident occurred in Dir Istiya, west of
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Settlers, Palestinians light 'bright tag' torches
Perpetrators sprayed the name of two West Bank areas where the
Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria had destroyed settler structures on
In a pre-dawn raid, the Civil Administration destroyed a small
modular home in the Gal Aryeh outpost near the Itamar settlement and later took
down some hothouses near the Shiloh settlement in a place called Gal
In retaliation, the vandals spray-painted the Hebrew words “Gal
Aryeh Yosef” on the mosque’s exterior stone wall.
Rosenfeld added that
three cars belonging to Palestinians in the same village were
Police sent a forensic team to the village to gather
According to Sarit Michaeli of B’Tselem, some of the villagers
saw the vandals leave the area in a red car and were able to distinguish two
digits from the license plate number.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he
ordered security forces to track down those behind the latest incident,
describing them as “criminals” aiming to “harm the delicate fabric of life
between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, and relations between Israel
and its neighbors.”
“These acts distract the IDF from its missions,”
The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land issued
a statement in the name of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Islamic Waqf and
Religious Affairs Ministry of the Palestinian Authority, and the Local Churches
of the Holy Land condemning the attack.
“The Council calls upon people
from all faiths – Christians, Jews and Muslims – to respect all holy places and
sites for all three religions, and strongly discourages extremists’ behavior
that exploits or involves religion in a political/territorial dispute,” the
Last week, Jerusalem saw a far-right attack against Arab
as well as an attempted attack against the Knesset.
were burned in the Arab neighborhood of Sharafat, a small neighborhood located
north of Gilo near Beit Safafa.
Next to the burned vehicles, police found
graffiti with the words “price-tag” and “revenge.”Jerusalem Post staff,
Tovah Lazaroff and Melanie Lidman contributed to this report.