Graffiti sprayed on West Bank mosque, grounds burned

Security forces arrive at mosque in Kfar Beit Fajar to investigate damage allegedly caused by settlers; Palestinians say copies of Koran set on fire.

Graffiti on mosque 311 (photo credit: Reuters)
Graffiti on mosque 311
(photo credit: Reuters)
The land outside a mosque in Kfar Beit Fajar, in the Gush Eztion area, was set alight and graffiti was sprayed on the walls early Monday morning, allegedly by settlers in the area.
Security forces arrived at the scene to investigate the incident.
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The graffiti, written in Hebrew, carried slogans against the Prophet Muhammad. Palestinians in the area reported that copies of the Koran had been set alight, and that a skirmish broke out between some of the residents and local settlers.
The attack carried many characteristics of previous “price tag” attacks carried out by settlers in the West Bank against local Palestinians.
Over the course of the past several months, settlers in the West Bank have randomly attacked Palestinian villagers and their property.
Settlers who resist the government’s limited attempts to implement the partial freeze of settlement expansion have adopted what they call the “price tag” policy.
A recent "price-tag" attack took place in June in the Palestinian village of Burin. Several people from the Bracha settlement near Nablus raided the village and attacked Palestinian homes. This came in response to the government’s demolition of several caravans near the settlement of Yitzhar.
On the same day, settlers blocked roads at 11 intersections in the West Bank and hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles.