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The mosque vandalized in Jerusalem Photo: AFP
The mosque vandalized in Jerusalem Photo: AFP
 
 

West Bank mosque torched

Residents of Nablus-adjacent village say local mosque set on fire. No injuries reported; building sustains mild damage

Elior Levy
Published: 12.15.11, 10:01 / Israel News

The Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Burqa, near Nablus, reported that their mosque has been torched overnight.

 

Defamatory slogans found on the walls, including several reading "Mitzpe Yitzhar" and "War," suggest that the incident is in fact a "price tag" act.

 

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According to eyewitness reports, at 4 am, worshipers discovered part of the mosque was on fire and were luckily able to extinguish it quickly. The building sustained light damage, mostly to its carpets and chairs. No injuries were reported.

 

The Civil Administration confirmed that an arson incident was reported at a Palestinian village in the Binyamin sector.

 

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the incident saying that "an attack on (Muslim) holy places is a declaration of war on the Palestinians by the settlers."

 

Rudeineh said that the Palestinian Authority holds Israel responsible for such arsons and urged the international community to intervene in the matter.

 
Wednesday saw several "price tag" acts: An abandoned mosque in Jerusalem's Strauss Street was torched, as were four Palestinian cars in villages south of Nablus and near Qalqilya.

 

Six suspects were arrested in Jerusalem in connection with the acts. The police are seeking to have them remanded.

 

 

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