Vandals Set Fire to Mosque in East Jerusalem

Friday, 24 January, 2020 - 09:45
Asharq Al-Awsat

Israeli police said Friday they are investigating after a "room was ignited" in a mosque on the outskirts of Jerusalem and Hebrew graffiti was found on an outside wall.

The graffiti was hard to make out but appears to have been left by ultra-nationalist Israelis.

One part read, “Demolishing (for) Jews? Demolishing enemies!" an apparent reference to the dismantling of settler outposts in the West Bank.

The mosque is in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa, in annexed east Jerusalem.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community. The Palestinians want both areas as part of their future state.

Hardline Israeli nationalists have been implicated in past attacks on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

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