Palestinians say Jewish settlers tried to set fire to mosque in northern West Bank

Palestinian villagers near the West Bank town of Kalkilya say that Jewish settlers tried to set fire to a mosque in Deir Istiya before dawn on Wednesday, Israel Radio reported.

Local sources said that the entrance door to the mosque and the carpet were damaged by a small blaze which was quickly extinguished before it could spread, according to Israel Radio.

Incendiary graffiti was discovered on the walls of the mosque, the clearest indication that the incident was the latest in a series of the so-called “price tag” campaign of vandalism which Israeli settlers and their supporters have used in hopes of intimidating local Palestinians and deterring the government from making peace overtures to the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli security authorities are still searching for suspects, according to Israel Radio.