West Bank Mosque Defaced in Second 'Price Tag' Attack in 12 Hours

Three vehicles were set on fire and a Hebrew inscription was sprayed on the walls of a mosque in the West Bank village of Burqa.

Three vehicles were set on fire and a mosque was defaced in a West Bank village early Thursday, in a suspected "price tag" attack against Palestinians and their property.

"Price tag" is a term used to describe retribution - against non-Jews, mainly Palestinians - exacted by right-wing activists for any Israeli government policies. Thursday's attack comes a few hours after a school was attacked in the West Bank village of Jalud and olive groves were set on fire.

A Palestinian resident of Burqa, a village located near Ramallah, told Haaretz that he heard shouts at about 1 A.M. coming from outside his house. He then went out only to see that two cars and a truck were set ablaze.

"We tried to put the fire out and prevented the fire from spreading," he said.

He added that graffiti was sprayed on the walls of the village mosque. The inscription said "Redemption of Zion loves Tomer Hazan," referring to the Israel Defense Forces soldier who was murdered in the West Bank city of Qalqilyah last month.

Villagers said they had filed a complaint with the IDF, but they have "very little hope" that future attacks will be foiled.

Earlier this week week, the Jerusalem police announced that they had arrested 14 minors suspected of belonging to a gang that carried out "price tag" attacks in the city, including the desecration of a historical Protestant cemetery.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court remanded 10 of the teenagers, while three 13-year-old suspects were released under restrictions due to their young age, and a fourth suspect, aged 16, was also released under restrictions after the court rejected the police appeal on the matter.