A teen whose parents and grandparents were killed in terror attacks has been arrested in connection with the torching of a West Bank mosque.
The teen, arrested by Israeli police on Thursday at the Tapuach Junction in the West Bank, is reportedly the grandson of Kach founder Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was assassinated in New York in November 1990 by Egyptian-born American citizen El Sayyid Nosair. His parents, Binyamin Ze’ev and Talia Kahane were killed by Palestinian gunmen in December 2000 while driving near the West Bank settlement of Ofra.
Rabbi Meir Kahane publicly advocated transferring Arabs out of the land of Israel.
Early on Dec. 11, vandals raided a mosque in the village of Yasuf, burning furniture, prayer rugs and holy texts and defacing the mosque’s walls, according to reports. One graffiti read “Price tag – greetings from Effi.” Effi is a Hebrew name and “price tag” refers to the strategy extremist settlers have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians in retribution for settlement freezes.
Officials had believed the torching was in response to the construction freeze in West Bank settlements announced last month.