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As Palestinian sources reported a new "price-tag" attack at the Bir Zeit University near Ramallah, the
United States on Friday condemned incidents of vandalism at mosques in the West Bank,
calling them "hateful" and demanding that the culprits be arrested.
US strongly condemns the dangerous and provocative attacks on the
mosques in the Palestinian villages of Yatma on September 8 and Qusra on
September 5. Such hateful actions are never justified. Those
responsible should be arrested and subject to the full force of the
law," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Friday.
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note that the Israeli government likewise condemned the attacks and
instructed law enforcement authorities to act vigorously to bring those
responsible to justice," she added, warning against the "potential for
"Violence will not advance, but will impede, the
hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on acceptance and
respect," Nuland said.
Adding to a string of"price-tag" attacks, Palestinian sources on Friday reported another suspected incident at the Bir Zeit University near Ramallah in the West Bank.
According to sources, slogans written in Hebrew against the Prophet Muhammad and calling for the killing of Arabs were sprayed on the wall on the western side of the university and the mosque in a nearby town.
Thursday, the IDF informed police of new 'price tag' attacks launched by suspected
far right elements on Palestinian targets in the West Bank.
In the first incident, a mosque in the
West Bank village of Yitma, near Nablus, was vandalized with graffiti.
In the second incident, two Palestinian vehicles were torched in the
village of Kablan.
Police and IDF forces were preparing to enter the crime scenes to collect evidence.
Police are becoming increasingly concerned by
far-right attacks in the area, and announced the establishment of a
special task force on Wednesday to track down those behind "price tag"
On Wednesday, vandals broke into an army base
outside the Beit El settlement, slashing tires and breaking windows on
13 vehicles. It was the first such "price-tag" attack against the IDF,
and drew major condemnation from the government.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said “This was an abhorrent crime directed against commanders
and vehicles, the mission of which is to protect the lives of Israeli civilians
in Judea and Samaria.”
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In the past,
right-wing extremists have punctured the tires of military jeeps, torched a
military vehicle and even thrown a fire bomb at one, but they have never
infiltrated a base.
On Tuesday morning, the night after the IDF razed three homes in the Migron outpost, settlers set fire to property in a mosque near Nablus.
state destroyed the homes after a petition filed to the High Court
claimed that they were built following an agreement that the whole
outpost would be moved to neighboring Adam. The High Court ruled that
the Migron settlement was illegally constructed on Palestinian land. Yaakov Lappin and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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