Police: Second 18-year-old arrested in mosque attack in Israel

Arab-Israeli men inspect a burnt mosque after it was torched in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangaria, Israel on October 3.

Story highlights

  • Two suspects have been arrested on suspicion of torching a mosque in northern Israel, the police say
  • The second suspect, an 18-year-old, is scheduled to appear in court, the police say
  • The mosque was set on fire and scrawled with graffiti in an apparent "price tag" attack
  • Residents angered over the mosque attack, blocked the road and hurled rocks at police, authorities say
A second 18-year-old was set Monday to make his first court appearance in connection with the torching of a mosque in the northern Israeli village of Tuba Zangaria, authorities said.
The suspect, who was not identified, is the second to be arrested in connection with last week's attack, Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, told CNN.
The mosque was set on fire and scrawled with graffiti that indicated it was a revenge attack over the killing of Asher Palmer and his 1-year-old son, who were killed when rocks were thrown at their car in Hebron more than two weeks ago.
Words written on the mosque's walls said "price tag," "revenge" and "Palmer."
"Price tag" attack is a term frequently used by radical Israeli settlers to denote reprisal attacks against Palestinians in response to moves by the Israeli government to evacuate illegal West Bank outposts.
Lately "price tag" attacks have also targeted Israeli military forces and police stationed in the West Bank. It is rare for them to carry out attacks inside Israel.
After the overnight attack, around 200 residents from the village gathered on the outskirts and started marching towards the neighboring Israeli town of Rosh Pina, an Israeli police spokesman said.
Residents blocked the road, hurled rocks at police and burned tires, police said. The police responded by firing tear gas.
The second suspect in the mosque burning is also an 18-year-old who appeared before the Kfar Saba Magistrate Court on Thursday, Rosenfeld said. He said the suspect was arrested "on suspicion of being involved in arson on the mosque in Tuba."