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(photo credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)
Settlers set fire to a mosque south of Nablus early Monday morning, in an apparent "price tag" attack following the earlier demolition of three homes in the Migron outpost, the Ma'an news agency quoted Palestinian sources as saying.
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quoted the sources as saying the settlers stormed the mosque in the
West Bank village of Qusara, smashing glass and setting fire to a number of tires
within the mosque.
Rabbis for Human Rights corroborated the report, saying that the
building was also vandalized with graffiti and the fire damaged the
first floor of the structure in which the mosque is housed, but did not
The organization also speculated that the arson incident was a "price
tag" attack in retribution for the demolition at Migron. "Price tag" is
a phrase right-wing settlers have adopted to signal retribution for any
Israeli moves against settlement-outposts built without government
A Palestinian official also responded to the incident, saying, "This is not
the first attack perpetrated by settlers against a mosque. We call on
the Quartet to intervene and put an end to this matter."
Judea and Samaria Police received a report from the IDF about the mosque and were investigating the incident.
Police added that the mosque was not in use, and did not have holy books in it.
also sprayed the message "Social justice for Ali Ein and Migron" on the
walls. Ali Ein is another West Bank outpost which has had illegal
Police officers entered the mosque to retrieve forensic findings.