Vandals spray-painted the words “price tag” on a mosque in Imrish, a Palestinian village near Hebron, overnight Tuesday, and residents of the village said they drove away settlers who tried to set a car on fire.
The IDF launched an investigation, but had yet to arrest any suspects by Wednesday morning.
Officials suspected that the graffiti was spray-painted by Jewish extremists who oppose actions perceived as a threat to the settlement enterprise in the West Bank.
The vandalism comes on the heels of last week’s incident in which anti-Christian graffiti was spray-painted on the door of a Latrun monastery.
The Latrun desecration included epithets like “Jesus is a monkey” and “mutual responsibility Ramat Migron, Maoz Esther,” the names of two outposts frequently uprooted by Israeli security forces. The vandals apparently also tried to burn the door.
The desecration was widely condemned by Israeli officials and world leaders.