Israel arrests suspect in mosque arson
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say they have arrested a suspect in the burning of a mosque in an Arab village in northern Israel earlier this week.
Monday's arson attack in Tuba-Zangria set off protests by residents, and prompted a visit from Israel's president to calm tensions.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed the arrest Thursday, but did not identify the suspect.
Lawyer Adi Keidar, who is representing the suspect, says his client was a student at a religious seminary in a hardline Jewish settlement in the West Bank until police issued an order barring the 18-year-old from entering the West Bank a month ago.
In Monday's attack, the assailants scrawled the words "price tag" on the mosque -- a reference to a Jewish settler tactic of attacking Palestinian targets to protest government policies.