Palestinian Authority Arab villagers attacked Israeli police officers Thursday who came to investigate an alleged attack by "price tag" vandals on their mosque.
The officers were targed by Arab residents hurling rocks when they arrived at the village of Burqa, located northwest of Shechem, to investigate the torching.
As a result, they could not properly examine the scene of the "crime" and gather evidence, and were forced instead to leave.
Villagers had earlier called in a report that the mosque was set ablaze in their village, blaming "price tag vandals" for the alleged attack. Furniture and carpets in the structure were smoking and damaged from the fire, according to PA sources.
Police suspect arsonists attacked an unused mosque on Strauss Street in downtown Jerusalem in the wee hours of the morning earlier this week. Slogans against Muslims and the words "price tag" were spray-painted on the walls.
Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council head Gershon Mesika denounced the recent "price tag" vandalism, saying it was detrimental to everything settlers were trying to accomplish.
"The enemies of the settlement movement are hailing those who descrated the mosque," Mesika told reporters in a statement Thursday afternoon. "These acts, besides being wrong in principle, are the worst possible thing that could happen to the settlement movement."