Israeli Jewish Terrorist Organization, 'Price
Tag', Headed by Safad Rabbi, Attack Palestinian Mosque in Galilee
Mosque set alight in Galilee village
Published today (updated) 03/10/2011 12:07
JERUSALEM (AFP) --
A mosque in northern Israel was set on fire overnight Sunday in a
suspected 'price tag' attack as village residents clashed with police on
Monday, a spokesman said.
A number of suspects entered the mosque
in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangaria and set fire to it, causing
heavy damage to the carpets and walls, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld
On the outside of the mosque were scrawled the words
"price tag" and "revenge" in Hebrew, Rosenfeld said.
Zangariya, 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.
They also wrote the word "Palmer," in
an apparent reference to Asher Palmer, an Israeli settler who died with
his infant son in the southern West Bank on September 23 after his car
was hit by stones thrown by Palestinians, causing it to crash.
Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset Ahmad Tibi condemned the arson
attack and "racist" graffiti sprayed on mosque walls.
is not 'price tag,' as it is called, but rather a
terrorist Jewish organization which practices whatever it wishes
fearing no deterrence,” he said in a statement.
deterioration must be stopped, and we hold the right wing, extremist,
racist Israeli government responsible for that, and the police are
responsible for getting to the perpetrators of this deed.”
Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an that around 200 people from
the Tuba Zangaria village marched towards Rosh Pina after the arson
attack, with police being mobilized in the area.
Tear gas was
fired to disperse villagers after stones were thrown at police,
Rosenfeld said. Security has been heightened in the north to prevent any
"deterioration" in the situation and police are talking to local leaders
to calm the situation, he added.
Hardline Jewish settlers have
adopted what they call a "price tag" policy under
which they attack Palestinians and their property in response to Israeli
government measures against settlements.
Police Commander Roni Attia set up a special investigation team to deal
with the incident.
"This is a very severe price tag incident,"
police quoted Attia as saying.
He called on residents of the area
to preserve public order and allow the police to investigate the
incident without disturbances.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu condemned the attack, saying such incidences "do not belong in
the state of Israel."
In June, a mosque in al-Mughayyir, near
Ramallah was torched and sprayed with anti-Arab graffiti.
similar incident, settlers broke into al-Nurayn mosque in Qusra, south
of Nablus in September, smashing windows before setting fire to used
tires inside the building, locals told a Ma'an correspondent.
Settler-related incidents resulting in Palestinian injuries and damage
to property are up more than 50 percent this year, according to the UN
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which documents
violence in the Palestinian territories.
Almost all "price tag"
attacks occur in the occupied West Bank, but last year a similar
incident took place in the Palestinian-Israeli village of Iblin, also in
the northern Galilee region.
Around twenty percent, or 1.3
million people, of Israel's population are of Palestinian origin.
They are largely the descendants of Palestinians that managed to
remain during the 1948 war, when an estimated 700,000 were expelled from
or fled their homes during fighting that would see the establishment of
the state of Israel.
Rights groups say that Israelis of
Palestinian origin face discrimination in employment, education and
public funding within Israel.
Ma'an staff and Reuters contributed
to this report
3 injured in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza Published
Saturday 01/10/2011 (updated) 02/10/2011 19:45
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --
Israeli occupation forces launched an airstrike on northern Gaza on
Saturday evening seriously injuring one man and wounding two others,
medical officials said.
Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham
Abu Salmiya said three men were hospitalized, adding that one man
sustained serious injuries in the attack.
An Israeli occupation
army spokeswoman said forces struck Beit Hanoun.
Witnesses told Ma'an that fighter jets fired on a site used by the
al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, near al-Maghazi refugee
camp before dawn on Friday.
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