Vandals set fire to a mosque in the centre of West Jerusalem, where the walls were covered in insults against Arabs and blasphemous slogans. The number of mosques torched or vandalised since the start of the year has risen to seven.
Right-wing Israelis linked to settler movements are believed to be responsible for the episode, which risks sparking new tension in the holy city, due also to the “price tag” signature on the building, a term used by settlers to describe a policy to attack Palestinians.
In a bid to calm tension, Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the attack and assured that those responsible would be brought to justice. The violence attributed to extremist right-wing settlers – most common in the West Bank, but recently also in Jerusalem – yesterday included an attack against an Israeli base in the Palestinian Territories.
Two Palestinian vehicles were torched early this morning in Ramallah and Nablus.