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Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israeli
authorities Thursday to investigate the "troubling" attack on a West
Bank mosque on Wednesday, saying such incidents undermined the peace
process. Police on Wednesday announced they were investigating the event, but said it was too early to name suspects.
Ashton, who made the comments in a written statement, said that
she condemned the "attack on December 7, 2011 in which a flaming tyre
[sic] was thrown into the entrance of the mosque and the mosque's walls
were sprayed with graffiti."
Police investigating new West Bank mosque arson
The baroness said "accountability and the
rule of law are essential," calling on Israel to investigate the
vandalism and bring the "perpetrators to justice."
The mosque, situated in the Palestinian village of
Brukin, on the outskirts of Kalkilya, was vandalized with spray paint, and
burning tires were placed inside. A number of nearby vehicles belonging to the
village residents were torched and many car windows were smashed.
Police set up a task force this year made up of National
Serious and International Crimes detectives and Judea and Samaria district
officers to tackle suspected far-right activists behind a wave of hate crimes
Police view the attacks as extremely dangerous
incidents that could spark wider waves of violence in the