West Bank Mosque Set Alight Following Outpost Razing [View all]
December 15, 2011
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A mosque in the West Bank was set alight hours after Israeli soldiers demolished two structures in an illegal outpost.
The interior of a mosque in a village near Ramallah was torched Thursday morning after being soaked with gasoline. The words "war" and "Mitzpe Yitzhar," the outpost that was razed early Thursday morning, were painted on the mosque.
The attack comes a day after a historic, unused mosque in Jerusalem was set on fire, damaging its exterior, and Palestinian vehicles were torched in the West Bank. Right-wing extremists have been blamed for the attacks.
A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the mosque attack near Ramallah a declaration of war by the settlers against the Palestinian people. He placed responsibility for the attack on the Israeli government and called on the international community to get involved.