Mosque vandalized in suspected 'price Tag' attack

Arsonists set fire to Ramallah mosque carpet, scrawl graffiti, including "Alei Ayin," the name of demolished outpost, on walls.

June 7, 2011 10:19
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Police have launched an investigation into a West Bank mosque arson attack on Tuesday. Palestinians from the village of al-Muayar, near Ramallah reported that a carpet in the mosque was set fire in the early hour of the morning. "A joint police IDF investigation was launched.

"We believe suspects set fire to a tire inside the mosque," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

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The attackers daubed the walls with the words "price tag", Rosenfeld said, a phrase right-wing settlers have adopted to signal retribution for any Israeli moves against settlement-outposts built without government authorization.

However, "no fire damage was observed on the walls," he added. A police forensics team arrived on the scene and began taking evidence.

The words "Alei Ayin," the name of a settlement outpost which was evacuated by security forces last week, were also scrawled on the walls. The evacuation of Alei Ayin sparked a clash resulting in several injuries among right-wing activists and police.

Police suspect the arson incident could be linked to last week's outpost clearance.

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