On Monday, in occupied West Bank Palestinians accused Jewish settlers of setting fire to a mosque in Beit Fajjar, near the town of Bethlehem, an incident that co-occurred with US efforts to save peace talks stalled by a dispute over settlement building.
Ali Thawabti, a municipal council official in the village of Beit Fajjar said, Fifteen Korans and the mosque’s carpet were burned.
“Thawabti said, When people saw the blaze, they rushed to extinguish the the fire,”
“Settlers got into their white Peugeot and sped away.”
Since December it was the fourth time that a West Bank mosque had been vandalised in an attack blamed on settlers.
The Israeli military, which has been in control of the West Bank since 1967, said the attack was under investigation.
Military spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Liebowitz said, “This is very serious incident which we view with utmost gravity and we intend to find those responsible as quickly as possible”.