Jewish settlers torch Palestinian mosque

Israeli soldiers in front of a mosque which was torched by Israeli settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement in the West Bank village of Urif, on 19 November 2012. (Photo: AFP - Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Published Monday, November 19, 2012

Jewish settlers set fire to the entrance of a mosque near the city of Nablus, torched a Palestinian's car and spray-painted racist slogans in the Ramallah village of Sinjil on Monday.

Residents of the Palestinian village of Orif, close to Nablus, said a group of settlers from the nearby illegal Yitzhar settlement came to the mosque before dawn, poured gasoline on an old carpet near the mosque's door, and set it ablaze.

"The settlers tried to break into the mosque, but it was locked," Orif resident Issam al-Safadi told Reuters.

"So they settled with burning the old carpet and the door."

In a separate attack in Ramallah, locals told Ma'an that a loud explosion woke them up at 3 am where they discovered a car had been set on fire.

Residents tried to extinguish the blaze and found "price tag" slogans painted on the house where the car was parked.

Israeli rights group B'tselem says vigilante settler groups are suspected of vandalizing at least 10 mosques in the Israeli-occupied West Bank since 2009.

The mosque vandalism occurred on the sixth day of Israel's assault on Gaza. Demonstrations have been taking place across the West Bank in solidarity with Gaza.

On Monday morning, a Jewish settler hit a Palestinian demonstrator with his car as they blocked a road near the illegal settlement of Ofra.

Video shows settler hit Palestinian with car

(Reuters, Ma'an, Al-Akhbar)

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