Mosque attack in Kfar Burka 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Btselem)
A mosque was set
alight Thursday morning in Kfar Burka in Binyamin. Carpets and chairs in the mosque were damaged and the IDF opened an investigation into the incident.
Graffiti on the mosque walls saying "Mitzpe Yitzhar" and "war" indicates that the attack was a 'price tag' response to the dismantling of two buildings in the illegal Mitzpe Yitzhar outpost several hours earlier.
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Meanwhile, opposition leader
Tzipi Livni (Kadima) responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's announcement
Wednesday night of new measures to address recent extreme right-wing escalations
Netanyahu either doesn't understand, or doesn't
want to deal with extremist ideology, said opposition leader
Livni in a statement. Netanyahu
had stated that Jews rioting in the West Bank will now be tried in military
courts like Palestinians. However, he rejected calls by ministers
to class suspects as terrorists.
is a struggle for Israel's image," said Livni in a statement. "To this
struggle, an extreme right-wing coalition is teaming up with a number of
rabbis who want to impose a 'Halachic
[Jewish law] state', and young people who are trying to impose their ideology on us, the Zionist majority."
"We, the Zionist majority, should all stand on the other side of this
struggle. We must fight for the character and nature of Israel," she
"This government... is laying fertile ground for these tumors. When
Netanyahu says that we are dealing with rioters and not ideological
crime, it indicates one of two things - either he doesn't understand
what is happening here, or he doesn't want to deal with this extremist
ideology because of his natural coalition partners," Livni asserted.