Two Palestinian villages attacked in apparent ‘price tag’ attacks


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian villages in the West Bank were victims of attacks, believed to be by Israeli settlers, according to Palestinian officials.

Both attacks occurred overnight Sunday, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported Monday.

In the Urif village near Nablus, a mosque was torched and the settlers chased away, according to Maan. The settlers were believed to be from the nearby village of Yitzhar. The fire burned the entrance of the mosque and a carpet in the mosque.

Israeli settlers also were blamed for a fire set to a Palestinian car in the Sinjil village near Ramallah. The house where the car was parked was also spray-painted with what Maan called "price tag slogans."

"Price tag" refers to the strategy that extremists have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians and Arabs in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions, or for Palestinian attacks on Jews.

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