Israel arrests 3 settlers over mosque attack

Three Israeli settlers have been arrested on suspicion of attacking Palestinian and Arab-Israeli property and buildings, including a mosque, police said.

Updated: Nov 07, 2011, 00:29 AM IST

Jerusalem: Three Israeli settlers have
been arrested on suspicion of attacking Palestinian and
Arab-Israeli property and buildings, including a mosque,
police said on Sunday.

"Three residents of the settlements, two adults and a
minor, were arrested at the end of the week for acts of
vandalism, including participation in the burning of a mosque
in northern Israel at the beginning of October," police
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

He said "more than eight" people in all had been
arrested in connection with various attacks against
Palestinian and Arab-Israeli property in recent months,
including two currently in prison and the three detained last
week.

The October 3 attack on a mosque in the Bedouin
village of Tuba Zangaria in the northern Galilee, which caused
extensive damage, came after a spate of similar incidents.

They have been labelled "price tag" attacks, carried
out in revenge for both Israeli government action against
settlers and suspected Palestinian attacks.

Although such acts of vengeance normally occur in the
occupied West Bank, a similar attack targeted another mosque
in Ibtin village in Galilee last year.

PTI