Israeli settlers torch mosque in N.Israel

Israel police said the mosque was badly damaged, its carpets and interior burnt and the Hebrew words “Price Tag” sprayed on its wall.

Israeli settlers torched a mosque at Tuba-Zangria in the Galilee region in northern Israel at dawn on Monday.

The fire caused severe damage to the mosque, according to Israeli media.

“The whole mosque was burnt — the carpet, the books, the Korans, all burnt,” the village imam, Fuad Zangariya, told Army Radio. Zanagariya said the words “Palmer” and “revenge” were sprayed on the entrance to the mosque.

Israel police said the mosque was badly damaged, its carpets and interior burnt and the Hebrew words “Price Tag” sprayed on its wall.

“This incident has ‘Price Tag’ characteristics and we have set up a special task force to investigate it,” Ran Levi, head of a local police station, told Army Radio.

Jamal Zangriya, a resident of the village, told Israel Radio: “We believe extremists from outside the village did it,” blaming rabbis from the nearby town of Safed for incitement against Arabs, which he said may have led to the incident.

Agencies

 

 

03 October 2011 Monday