Extremist Jewish settlers last night set mosque on fire and sprayed racist graffiti on its walls in the village of Beit Safafa, southwest of Jerusalem.
A group of Jewish settlers sneaked into the village before predawn, torched Al Badriya Mosque causing partial damages to it. The settlers also spray racist slogans on its walls, such as “death to Arabs” and “death to Palestinians”.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowment, in charge of running mosques affairs, condemned the attack as a “heinous crime which is evidence of the brutality of the Israeli racist incitement machine towards Islamic and Christian sanctities in Palestine.”
In a statement, the ministry added: “This crime is a blatant attack on Muslims and their feelings.”
Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have repeatedly blamed Israeli occupation government for fostering a “culture of impunity” for Jewish settlers committing violent acts against Palestinians, mosques and private property.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and the settlers are rarely prosecuted by the Israeli occupation authorities.
Over 800,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in violation of the international law.
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