Settlers torch mosque in northern Israel

Friday's attack is the latest in a string of vandalism incidents in Arab villages over the past several months.

Settlers torch mosque in northern Israel

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jewish settlers torched a mosque in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel on Friday, eyewitnesses said.

According to the witnesses, settlers set the Abu Bakr al-Sediq mosque on fire and spray-painted anti-Arab graffiti on its walls.

No casualties were reported in the attack.

In a statement, Israeli police said vandals set fire to the entrance door of the mosque and spray-painted the words "Arabs out" on its walls.

Friday's attack is the latest in a string of vandalism incidents in Arab villages over the past several months.

Several "price tag" attacks by Jewish settlers targeting Muslim houses of worship have recently been reported in areas across the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

"Price tag" refers to a strategy adopted by extremist Jewish settlers of attacking Palestinians and their property in retaliation for perceived threats to Israeli settlement expansion.

Roughly 1.7 million Arabs live in Israel, which currently has a total population of 8.1 million, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Nisan 2014, 10:38
David Black
David Black - 9 yıl Önce

The story clearly states that the "settlers" set fire to the door of the Mosque, yet the photo shows a Mosque that has been totally burnt inside.Moreover, seeing as no one has been caught at this stage, it should read that settlers are suspected of the attack, rather than that they are the ones who carried it out.

joseph - 9 yıl Önce

sraeli Jews did not commit this crime, this crime happened in the middle of Umm al-Fahm which is right next to the PA controlled city of Jenin in the westbank. Umm Al-Fahm is a city of over 50,000 in Israel and ran by the Northern Islamic movement, and this mosque is in the middle of it; there is NO one who gets into that city without the local militia knowing about it. The police are scared to go in without backup, and light skinned settlers, would be seen,and have caused a riot.

John G.
John G. - 9 yıl Önce

Vandalism? VANDALISM? If Arabs did this it would be "Terrorism", so why is it only vandalism when Jews do it?RACISM, that's why.

Pepou27 - 9 yıl Önce

These domestic terrorists should be expelled from Israel. Unless they want to destroy the country.

tulsi ram
tulsi ram - 9 yıl Önce

very unsettling behavior :) . try settling for peaceful co exixtence .

Bruce - 9 yıl Önce

I wonder where the mosque of the photo is? It is certainly not the one in which the door was burned. Another question is who burned it? No one has been arrested or accused yet. The last time this was done it turned out to be Arabs who did it for news value.

G.Y - 9 yıl Önce

Umm al-Fahm is not that far away from were I live. one of the nurses that cares for my father in hospital right now is from Umm al-Fahm. i'm so ashamed that these monsters share my nationality!

Carole Weinstein
Carole Weinstein - 9 yıl Önce

There is no proof of arson or vandalism. Why blame settlers, or any other Jews, for that matter?