Mosque in northern Israel vandalized in ‘price tag’ attack

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A mosque in the northern Israeli-Arab town of Fureidis was vandalized in what is believed to be a price tag attack.

A Star of David and the words “Close mosques, not yeshivot” was spray painted on a wall of the mosque. The tires of about 20 cars in the area also were slashed.

Price tag refers to the strategy adopted by extremist settlers and their supporters generally to exact retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews.

The attack is believed to be related to the Border Police’s takeover earlier this month of a yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.

The graffiti was discovered Tuesday morning, when worshippers arrived for morning prayers.

The town’s residents then were called to arrive at the mosque and pray in solidarity; hundreds did so.

Earlier this month, a mosque in the northern Israeli town of Um al-Fahm was targeted by vandals.

On Sunday an Arab school in Acre was spray painted with “death to Arabs” and other graffiti.

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