Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 5:42 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the door of a mosque in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm was damaged overnight and the house of worship was sprayed with anti-Arab graffiti.

He said on Friday that the attack appeared to be the latest "price tag" incident. The phrase is used by a small group of Jewish extremists to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government's pro-Palestinian policies. He said police were investigating.

Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted by the vandals in recent years. The acts have been condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum.