Burned Tuba Zanghariya mosque 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Several shots were fired at the home of a resident of a Beduin village in the
North overnight Saturday, hours after he went on television to say he thought an
attack on a local mosque was carried out by Arabs rather than Jews.
Saturday evening, Channel 2 aired an interview with Bassam Sawid, a resident of
Tuba Zanghariya and an IDF veteran who lost his leg while serving in the Second
Tuba Zanghariya’s central mosque was the target of an arson
and graffiti attack on October 3, and the words “price tag” – associated with
far-Right attackers – was written in charcoal on a mosque wall.
police believe far-Right activists are behind the vandalism, and have arrested
three young men in recent months in connection with the attack, Sawid said
villagers were more likely to be behind the attack and cast doubt on the idea
that a Jew could enter the village and damage the mosque without being
Soon after the interview was aired, an unidentified man sprayed
Sawid’s home with bullets from an automatic firearm.
“We’re looking into
a vehicle that was seen in the area during the time of the attack,” a northern
district police spokesman told The Jerusalem Post
. Police have not arrested any
During testimony given to police, Sawid said he thought the
shots were fired as a direct response to the interview he gave. Police have
stepped up patrols around Sawid’s home.
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In November, police arrested the
mosque’s cleric on suspicion of incitement to violence.
The cleric, Fuad
Zanghariya, was arrested over his alleged involvement in a shooting attack on
the home of a former council head due to a feud. He denied the suspicions
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