3 cars torched, mosque defaced in West Bank
January 11, 2012 -- Updated 1105 GMT (1905 HKT)
Jewish rightwing protestors demonstrate in support of a comrade arrested over 'price tag' crimes in Jerusalem on January 3, 2012.
- NEW: Deir Istiya's mayor says the village is frequently attacked by settlers
- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak calls the attackers "hooligans"
- The words "price tag Gal Arya Yosef" was spay-painted across the building
- Arya Yosef is a reference to an illegal settlement authorities recently dismantled
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Three cars were set ablaze and a mosque was defaced in a Palestinian village in the West Bank, police said.
The words "price tag Gal Arya Yosef" was spray-painted across the Islamic house of worship on Tuesday, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
"Arya Yosef" is a reference to an illegal settlement authorities recently dismantled.
"Price tag" is a term frequently used to describe acts of vandalism by radical Israeli settlers exacting a "price" against Palestinian targets or Israeli security forces in response to actions by the Israeli government to evacuate illegal West Bank outposts.
Sectarian divide brewing in Israel
Israeli divide: Mainstream vs. Orthodox
Israelis use Holocaust symbol in protest
The latest incident occurred in the village of Deir Istiya, Rosenfeld said.
No arrests have been made.
Deir Istiya Mayor Nazmi Salman said the assailants were in a red Peugeot car and sprayed slogans "insulting to Muslims and Palestinians."
"This is not the first time Deir Istiya village (has) come under attack by the settlers," Salman said. "Deir Istiya is surrounded by nine Israeli settlements, and we are attacked and harassed by settlers on daily basis."
Salman said settlers released some 300 wild pigs into the farming fields of the village, which destroyed and damaged the seasonal crops of the Palestinian farmers.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the attackers "hooligans."
"The army, the police and security forces will work with full force against these hooligans who are bent on aggravating the fragile situation between Israelis and Palestinians and between the state of Israel and its neighbors," Barak said.
In October, police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with burning a mosque.
Words written on the mosque include "price-tag, "revenge" and "Palmer."
Authorities said Asher Palmer and his son were killed when rocks thrown at their car near the city of Hebron prompted it to crash.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the number of settler attacks resulting in Palestinian casualties and property damage increased by 40% in 2011 compared to 2010 and by more than 165% compared to 2009.
Today's five most popular stories
Part of complete coverage on
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1526 GMT (2326 HKT)
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0009 GMT (0809 HKT)
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1801 GMT (0201 HKT)
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT)
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0507 GMT (1307 HKT)
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1215 GMT (2015 HKT)
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0006 GMT (0806 HKT)
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1237 GMT (2037 HKT)
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
July 25, 2014 -- Updated 2327 GMT (0727 HKT)
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.