The Shomron Regional Council rejected on Friday reports that local Jews were responsible for a fire at a mosque in Kafr Yasuf, south of Shechem. The council noted that some books and a carpet were burned and not the mosque itself, adding that on the surface, the vandalism described by the Israel Defense Forces' Spokesperson's Office was that of a mentally-ill person or a provocation.
The Associated Press report on the fire asserted that graffiti was left on the floor reading "Price tag — greetings from Effi." Effi is a Hebrew name.
A statement by the council called on the police to investigate well, given the number of times Arabs have burned the Tomb of Yosef, which they turned into a mosque. The council added that its official position against harming the holy places of other religions is well known.
The council stressed that the IDF's announcement said the mosque was vandalized by unknown individuals and various media outlets took it upon themselves to blame Jewish residents from the area. The council also called on journalists to be responsible and stick to the facts rather than inject their personal opinions or political agendas into the story.