U.S. State Department Condemns 'Dangerous' Settler Attacks on West Bank Mosques

Statement condemns attacks on the mosques in the villages of Yatma on September 8, and Qusra on September 5, calls on those responsible to be arrested and “subject to the full force of the law”.

The United States Department of State denounced on Friday the latest string of settler attacks on mosques in the West Bank.

According to a statement released by a government spokesperson, the United States strongly condemned the “dangerous and provocative attacks” on the mosques in the Palestinian villages of Yatma on September 8, and Qusra on September 5, and called on those responsible to be arrested and “subject to the full force of the law”.

Graffiti reading "price tag" (illustrative)Dudu Bachar (archive)

“Violence will not advance, but will impede, the hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on acceptance and respect”, the statement continued.

The statement further noted that the Israeli government also condemned the attack, and has instructed its authorities to “bring those responsible to justice,” and urged all sides to avoid the potential for escalation.

The condemnation comes in the wake of a particularly turbulent week in the West Bank, in which settlers attempted to burn two mosques, and vandalized an IDF base as part of the latest “price tag” attacks. The attacks came in response to the demolition of three buildings earlier this week in the West Bank settlement outpost Migron, 14 kilometers north of Jerusalem.