Speaking to +972, one local resident noted that this was not the first time settlers have set a mosque on fire. The man added that investigations into such incidents by Israeli authorities have brought no justice.
‚ÄúThis is a direct continuation of Israeli policy at Al Aqsa [Mosque],‚ÄĚ the resident of Al Mughayir said. ‚ÄúEvery mosque is in danger from the settlers.‚ÄĚ
Last month a mosque in the village of Aqraba was set alight in a similar attack.
Palestinian police and firefighters were on the scene.
Israeli media reported that Israeli police had not arrived at the scene to investigate due to clashes taking place nearby.
In northern Israel overnight Tuesday a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a centuries-old synagogue in the Palestinian town of Shfar‚Äôam (Shefa-‚ÄôAmr). The flames did not penetrate the building.
Human rights organization Yesh Din this week released a data sheet on Israeli police failures in investigating crimes committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.
According to this data, in 2005-2014, a mere 7.4 percent of investigation files led to indictments of Israeli civilians suspected of attacking Palestinians and their property, reflecting a decline of approximately one percent in the rate of such indictments.
Over the past nine years, according to their data, only 7.4 percent of investigations ‚Äúled to indictments of Israeli civilians suspected of attacking Palestinians and their property.‚ÄĚ
In the past two years, following a spate of higher-than-usual settler attacks against Palestinians, the government ordered the creation of a special police investigatory unit dealing exclusively with what Israel describes as ‚Äúnationalistic crimes.‚ÄĚ
Since the creation of the Nationalistic Crimes Unit in the West Bank, ‚Äúthe failure rate of the Israel Police in properly investigating ideological offenses against Palestinians has in fact worsened,‚ÄĚ according to Yesh Din.
In 2013-2014, a statement by Yesh Din said, that nearly 90 percent of police investigations in the past two years were closed without indictment due to what the organization terms ‚Äúinvestigative failures.‚ÄĚ