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Netanyahu condemns West Bank mosque attack as ‘criminal act’

Mosque in village near Ramallah torched and sprayed with graffiti; Defense Minister Barak echoes PM's condemnation and says IDF will take steps to catch the perpetrators.


By Barak Ravid and Chaim Levinson, Haaretz

June 7, 2011 | 11:25 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday condemned the suspected ‘price tag’ attack by settlers of a mosque in Maghayer village near Ramallah, calling it a “criminal act”.

An initial investigation has shown that in the early morning hours of Tuesday the settlers rolled burning tires into the mosque, which caused some rugs to catch fire. The mosque was also sprayed with graffiti.

“I hope the arsonists will be located as soon as possible and will be punished accordingly,” Netanyahu said, adding “this is a criminal act that is meant to provoke.”

The prime minister emphasized Israel’s commitment to freedom of expression, saying “Freedom of religion is a core tenet of the State of Israel, and we will take action against anyone who attempts to go against this principle.”

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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