#Israel’s settler terror: Jewish extremists vandalize Hebron mosque

Al Akhbar English | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Suspected Jewish extremists scrawled graffiti on a mosque in the southern West Bank in an apparent “price tag” hate crime, an AFP correspondent and a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

Gamal Abu Iram, an official in Hebron’s ministry of religious affairs, told Ma’an news agency that ‘Price tag Migron’ in Hebrew was sprayed by settlers on the mosque in Dura.

“Price tag” is a euphemism for revenge hate crimes by Israeli extremists, normally targeting Palestinians and Arabs and tending to involve the torching and vandalism of cars, mosques and olive trees.

Migron is the name of what was the largest West Bank settlement outpost, which was evacuated earlier this month.

Eyewitnesses said the assailants also tried to burn a car, but the vehicle’s owner awoke and shouted at them, causing them to flee.

“The settlers tried to burn the mosque and several cars around the mosque. This attack is one of several that settlers have committed against Palestinians and their religious places,” PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habbash told Ma’an.

The attack reportedly happened on Tuesday but was only reported to authorities on Wednesday, Ma’an’s Israeli security sources said.

In August, PA official Ghassan Daghlas warned Palestinians to be cautious of settler attacks ahead of the planned evacuation of the illegal Israeli outpost Migron, near Ramallah.

Last week, settlers torched the wooden door of a monastery near Jerusalem and pro-settler graffiti daubed in Hebrew was discovered on the building’s stone walls, Israeli police said.

In February, suspected Jewish extremists wrote “Death to Christianity” on two Jerusalem churches.

The graffiti also included profanity about Jesus, and the vandals slashed the tires of several cars parked in one of the church compounds.

An ancient mosque in Jerusalem was torched on December 13, and sprayed with the Star of David, “price tag,” “Muhammad is a pig” and “A good Arab is a dead Arab” in Hebrew.

Rights groups say settlers are rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities for attacks against Palestinians, which take place frequently in the West Bank.

Israel continues to expand illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank while maintaining a military occupation, in defiance of international law.

(Ma’an, AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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