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West Bank mosque fire blamed on Jewish settlers

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West Bank mosque fire blamed on Jewish settlers


Palestinians have accused Jewish settlers of arson after a mosque was set alight in the West Bank

Officials say carpets were burned at the mosque in the village of Beit Fajjar near Bethlehem.

A number of Korans were also damaged.

It’s the fourth West Bank mosque to be vandalised this year.

Palestinians say residents from the Gush Etzion settlement entered the village in the early hours.

Muhammad Ayash, the Head of Islamic Waqf in Bethlehem District, is angry at the attacks:

“This is not the first time that settlers have burned a mosque”, he said. “This started when they burnt the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 and it still continues”

The Israeli military are now investigating the alleged attack.

Spokesperson Avital Liebowitz announced “we have initiated a team headed by the Judean Samaria police, in order to investigate this and bring it to a full conclusion.”

The fire coincides with attempts to rescue peace talks threatened by Israel’s reluctance to extend a moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank.

Palestianian negotiators say dialogue will not resume until Israel halts further construction.

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