"At one o'clock we heard screaming from the people of the village and realized the mosque was on fire. More than three hundred people awoke and we managed to put it out. After that we saw the writing, racist writing. This great injustice is clear to the world."
Mosque Burned In Another Alleged West Bank Jewish Settler Hate Crime
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A mosque in the village of Jab'a near Bethlehem was vandalized and set on fire early this morning in another suspected “price tag” hate crime, Palestinian and Israeli media, including the Jerusalem Post, reported. (Video here .)
"At one o'clock we heard screaming from the people of the village and realized the mosque was on fire. More than three hundred people awoke and we managed to put it out. After that we saw the writing, racist writing. This great injustice is clear to the world,” the mayor of Jab’a, Abdul Karim Sharaf reportedly said.
A similar price tag hate crime attack reportedly took place in Jab’a in 2012 when arsonists also burned a mosque and spray-painted right-wing Jewish nationalist graffiti.
Israel Police and the IDF both said they have opened investigations into this latest attack.
Until the US State Department openly castigated Israel one year ago over these price tag attacks and related hate crimes, dozens and dozens of these hate crimes took place without Israel doing much of anything to stop them.
Since that time, law enforcement has done a better (although far from perfect) job. More perpetrators have been arrested and prosections are thought to be more likely to take place.
A price tag hate crime against a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem several months ago led to the arrests of three Sefardi haredi activists from the racist neo-Kahanist Lehava organization, which is also reportedly has been linked to other similar attacks.
The murder of 16-year-old Arab boy Muhammed Abu Khdeir led to the arrest of three different right-wing activists from the same extended Sefardi haredi family.
Israel’s Internal Security Service, commonly known as the Shabak or the Shin Bet, reportedly said many of the right wing activists carrying out price tag attacks are students and followers of Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh or were inspired by them.
Ginsburgh founded and leads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the radical West Bank Jewish settlement of Yizhar.
While he holds no official position in the Chabad movement, Ginsburgh is one of the most popular Chabad rabbis in Israel and the West Bank.