Mosque Set Alight in Suspected 'Price Tag' Attack in Upper Galilee

Graffiti with the words 'price tag' found on wall of the mosque in northern Israel; Northern District Police Commander describe incident as 'very serious.'

One of three mosques in the village of Tuba-Zangariyye in the Upper Galilee was set on fire overnight Sunday in a suspected price tag attack.

It is thought that the attackers arrived at the mosque at approximately 1.30 A.M. and set it alight.

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The entire interior of the mosque went up in flames, causing heavy damage. Holy books inside the mosque were burned.

Graffiti with the words price tag was found on the wall of the mosque.

Northern District Police Commander Major-General Roni Atia who was on the scene described the incident as very serious in the context of price tag attacks. Atia has set up a special team to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Residents of the village also described the attack as very serious.

It is obvious that Jewish extremists did this; despite the internal divisions we have, no one here would dare harm the mosque," one of the residents said.

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni commented on the incident, saying that if it was indeed a "price tag" act, then it must be condemned.

"Burning mosques contradicts Israel's values as a Jewish state," she said. "Such serious incidents obligate us to conduct a national self-examination."