Palestinians near the West Bank town of Bethlehem say a mosque was vandalized and set on fire before dawn on Wednesday, arousing suspicions that the act was carried out by far-right extremists.
According to local media reports, the alleged arson took place in the village of Jab'a.
Israeli police and the military announced on Wednesday that investigators will enter the village to probe the incident.
This is not the first time that Jab'a has been targeted. In 2012, arsonists burned a mosque and sprayed graffiti, including the words "Ulpana war," the hallmarks of a "price tag" incident.
Price tag is a term meant to denote an act of violence by right-wing activists against Arabs aimed at deterring the Israeli leadership from acting against the settlement enterprise.
"At one o'clock we heard screaming from the people of the village and realized the mosque was on fire. More than three hundred people awoke and we managed to put it out," said Jab'a Mayor Abdul Karim Sharaf.
"After that we saw the writing, racist writing," he said. "This great injustice is clear to the world."
Acts of vandalism and arson against Arab property have been roundly condemned by Israeli politicians from across the ideological spectrum, with some even suggesting that it be classified as "terrorism."
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