Jewish settlers blamed in Palestinian house fire

The Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque are seen in background as an Israeli flag flutters from atop a home of Jewish settlers in Silwan, a mostly Palestinian district abutting the Old City, Nov. 3, 2014.

The Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque are seen in background as an Israeli flag flutters from atop a home of Jewish settlers in Silwan, a mostly Palestinian district abutting the Old City, Nov. 3, 2014.

A Palestinian family says their West Bank home was torched in an attack they blamed on Jewish settlers.

Mohammed Abdelkarim, whose mother and sisters were inside the house when it was set alight, says Hebrew slogans were scrawled on the house.

Abdelkarim says the fire Sunday damaged one room in the house and caused no injuries. Israeli police said they were looking into the incident.

Tensions are high between Israelis and Palestinians following a spate of deadly attacks that have killed 11 Israelis. At least five of the Palestinian attackers were killed.

A small group of Jewish extremists in recent years has targeted mosques, churches and private property in response to Palestinian or Israeli actions they oppose.

 
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