West Bank Mosque Torched by Settlers, Palestinians Say

Settlers enter Kafr Jab'a overnight and vandalized the area; police investigating.

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A Palestinian-owned car torched in a suspetced hate crime.Credit: Tali Mayer / Archive

A mosque in a West Bank village near Bethlehem was torched overnight Wednesday, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

Settlers that entered Kafr Jab'a also sprayed hate graffiti on the building, including "we want the redemption of Zion," and "revenge," Wafa reported.

The chairman of the Jab'a council told the news agency that the inner walls and furniture were damaged in the attack. Israel Police said that army forces and an anti-terror crime unit were in the village, investigating the incident.

Last month, vandals torched the door of a mosque in the village of Dir Istia, causing light damage. Hate graffiti was sprayed on the building there as well.

In December, two masked men broke into a Palestinian family's home in the South Hebron Hills and threw firebombs, damaging property, the family said. No one was injured.

Three youths from the outpost of Havat Gilad were charged earlier this month with burning cars and vandalizing buildings in the Palestinian village of Farata – the first time the Shin Bet managed to solve this kind of hate crime, considered a "covert price tag attack."