Palestinian villages hit in apparent price tag attacks

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

Both attacks occurred on Nov. 18, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

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

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 also was spray-painted with what Ma’an called “price tag slogans.”

“Price tag” refers to the strategy 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. — jta