Teen arrested in West Bank mosque arson attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish teen from Jerusalem was arrested on suspicion of involvement in an arson attack on a mosque near Ramallah.

The teen, 17, was arrested Sunday while on vacation at Lake Kinneret with his family, Ynet reported.

The mosque in the West Bank village of Jaba was set on fire and vandalized in June in was called a price tag attack. The graffiti messages included: “The war has begun,”  “Pay the price” and “Ulpana war.”

Price tag refers to the strategy that extremists have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians and Arabs in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions, or for Palestinian attacks on Jews. The graffiti referred to the upcoming removal of five homes from the outlying neighborhood of Ulpana in the Beit El settlement.

Last month two other teens arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack were released for lack of evidence, according to Ynet.

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