Hundreds of Israeli Arabs took to the streets on Monday morning (Oct. 3) following the arson attack against a mosque in Tuba el-Zangaria, an arson attack that resulted in significant damage to the Galil area house of worship. Protestors pelted police with stones and other objects. They blocked the area road with burning tires. Police used teargas and stun grenades to distance the violent protestors.
Following the attack Galil Police Chief Roni Atia ordered troops to move to alert status, expecting a violent response.
The attack seems to have been perpetrated by Price Tag members, or someone seeking to place the blame on those activists. Graffiti was left on the building pointing to Price Tag.
The attack against the mosque was met with across-the-board condemnation. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
At 10:00am Police Commander Atia reported a number of arrests were made in the case, possible suspects, adding a large police force is remaining in the area to prevent the blocking of area vehicular routes by protestors.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)