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Mosque Burned in West Bank, Synagogue Attacked in Israel; Tit-for-Tat Goes On?

A mosque in the Palestinian territory of West Bank was burnt and in retaliation an ancient synagogue in Israel was attacked in Israel, in two separate attacks early on Wednesday, allegedly by extremists from both sides, indicating an escalating tension in the region.

Israeli Police said they are investigating the attack on the mosque in Kufur Mughayyir, near Ramallah, which Palestinians blame on ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers. "Every time a mosque is set ablaze there is an investigation to show something is being done, but not a single settler has ever been arrested," said some residents here.

Attacks on mosques and churches were common in the last one year and extremists on both sides are blamed. Some Jewish extremists were arrested in a few cases due to the secrecy surrounding their actions.

In another separate attack also on Wednesday, some suspected Palestine assailants were believed to have hurled a firebomb at the ancient Shfaram synagogue in Galilee, an area with a mixed population of Arabs, Bedouins and Druze.

The 250-year-old synagogue, which is still in use by a small Jewish community, became a symbol of peaceful coexistence last May when Arab youths cleaned it and painted it in a joint initiative against hatred and intolerance.

Reacting to the attack on synagogue and mosque, Israeli Science and Technology Minister Yaacov Pery said the government condemns the attacks and promised that those responsible for both incidents would be brought to justice.

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