'Price tag' in Hebrew on wall of mosque
'Price tag' in Hebrew on wall of mosqueIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Palestinian Authority Arabs warned on Friday that they will personally stop any ‘price tag’ operations by Jews residing in Judea and Samaria.

A report in the PA-based WAFA news agency said, “The popular committees set up by Palestinians in the villages near Shechem in order to protect their property and the lives of citizens from the settlers, were able to arrest nine settlers who tried to enter the village of Kusra which recently suffered from harassment and arson of its mosque.”

The report was referring to the torching of a mosque in the village last week. The attack on the mosque came several hours after police destroyed three Jewish homes at Migron in the middle of the night.

The report said the nine Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria were released after they were warned not to try to enter the village again. The report went on to claim that one of the Jews fired at five PA Arabs, wounding one of them seriously, and fled along with his friends.

This report was not confirmed by any other sources, but WAFA claimed that one of its photographers who arrived to document the goings on, said that large IDF forces reached the outskirts of the village, blocking the entrance and firing tear gas at the residents. This has not been confirmed elsewhere, either.

The governor of Shechem, Jibril Al-Bakri, said the area residents will continue to defend themselves and personally stop Jews from entering their villages.

“Unfortunately we are warning of the settler’s attacks, but the army and the government do not do anything to put an end to the aggression by settlers,” he said, noting that following the wave of attacks on Arabs by Jews, the Shechem governorate decided to establish and maintain committees whose role is to protect the local Arab villages.

Both the report and the governor failed to mention the ongoing Arab attacks on Jewish villages, such as the one that took place three weeks ago. Jews in the village of Esh Kodesh in Samaria who planned a Torah class found themselves facing off against an angry Palestinian Authority mob instead.

The small group of Jewish villagers could hear the muezzin (Muslim prayer leader) calling on residents of Kusra to join in the attack on Esh Kodesh.

Similar violence occurred on Friday, when local Arabs attacked Jewish hikers, resulting in one hiker stabbed and one Arab shot.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)