Hundreds of Israeli-Arabs protest mosque attack

Protesters accused the Israeli police of failing to end "price tag" attacks against Muslim places of worship.

Hundreds of Israeli-Arabs protest mosque attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hundreds of Israeli-Arabs on Monday demonstrated against a recent settler attack on a mosque in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm.

Protesters accused the Israeli police of failing to end "price tag" attacks against Muslim places of worship.

On Friday, settlers set ablaze the Abu Bakr al-Sediq mosque in the city and spray-painted anti-Arab graffiti on its walls.

No casualties were reported in the attack.

In a statement, Israeli police said vandals set fire to the entrance door of the mosque and spray-painted the words "Arabs out" on its walls.

Friday's attack was the latest in a string of vandalism incidents in Arab villages over the past several months.

Several "price tag" attacks by Jewish settlers targeting Muslim houses of worship have recently been reported in areas across the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

"Price tag" refers to a strategy adopted by extremist Jewish settlers of attacking Palestinians and their property in retaliation for perceived threats to Israeli settlement expansion.

Roughly 1.7 million Arabs live in Israel, which currently has a total population of 8.1 million, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.

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