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Monday Oct. 10, 2011 2:16 PM (EST+7)
Israel arrests second mosque arson suspect

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JERUSALEM, Oct 9 (Reuters & JMCC) - Israeli police on Sunday said they arrested a second suspect following an arson attack on a mosque blamed on a pro-settler militant group, known by its slogan price tag.

Israel named a special task force to investigate last week's blaze in the Israeli Arab village of Tuba-Zangariya, amid fears it may exacerbate tensions with Palestinians.

The Price-Taggers, also blamed for other assaults on mosques, have said they want to avenge the killing of settlers, and protest against Israeli efforts to remove unauthorized settlement outposts built in the occupied West Bank.

The violence has coincided with rising tensions over a Palestinian application for statehood on West Bank land Israel captured in a 1967 war, filed at the United Nations Security Council last month, despite Israeli and U.S. objections.

The suspect, an Israeli male, would be remanded in a court in the Tel Aviv area on Monday morning, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

Another Israeli, a West Bank settler, 18, was due in court again after his arrest late last week, Rosenfeld said.

Both are suspected of direct involvement in the incident, Rosenfeld said.

Israeli leaders have condemned the arson and President Shimon Peres denounced the attacks as un-Jewish.

Police are also investigating the vandalism of Muslim and Christian cemeteries in the port town of Jaffa at the weekend, and a firebomb attack on a synagogue in the same area. (Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Andrew Heavens)






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