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Settlers spray graffiti on mosques in Bethlehem

Settlers spray graffiti on mosques in Bethlehem
07-04-2013,23:48

BETHLEHEM\ Agencies - Israeli Settlers sprayed racist graffiti on two mosques in a village near Bethlehem early Sunday, locals said. 

The graffiti on the Tuku village's Bilal bin Rabah mosque included a threat that Palestinian stone-throwers would "pay the price" unless they stopped. They sprayed similar slogans on the Salah al-Din al-Ayoubi mosque. 

Settlers also slashed the tires of two cars that were parked in the street, locals said. 

Residents also said Israeli soldiers had guarded the settlers who participated in the vandalism. 

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not say if troops were present in the area at the time of the incident, but she said security forces were looking into the attack.

She confirmed that graffiti was found and the tires of two cars were slashed. 

The mayor of Tuqu, Taysir Abu Mfareh, said that the Israeli side informed Palestinian workers in the nearby settlements that they would be banned from working in "Israel" if Israeli cars continued coming under rock attack. 

The Palestinian Islamic-Christian commission denounced the incident.

It called the attack a “flagrant violation" of international law, freedom of worship, and the obligations of Israel as the occupying power in Palestine. Israel should respect places of worship, it said.

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