Israel mosque attack looks to be settler retaliation

A mosque in the northern Israeli-Arab town of Fureidis was vandalized in what is believed to be settlers’ reaction to the closing of a yeshiva.

A Star of David and the words “Close mosques, not yeshivot” were spray-painted on a wall of the mosque. Also, the tires of about 20 cars in the area were slashed.

The graffiti was discovered April 29 when worshippers arrived for morning prayers. The “price tag” attack is believed to be related to the Border Police takeover earlier this month of a yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.

Price tag refers to the strategy adopted by extremist settlers and their supporters to exact retribution for settlement freezes, demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews.

On April 27, an Arab school in Akko was spray-painted with “death to Arabs” and other graffiti. Earlier this month, vandals targeted a mosque in the northern Israeli town of Um al-Fahm. — jta