Mosque Attacks in the West Bank

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 9, 2011

The United States strongly condemns the dangerous and provocative attacks on the mosques in the Palestinian villages of Yatma on September 8 and Qusra on September 5. Such hateful actions are never justified. Those responsible should be arrested and subject to the full force of the law.

We note that the Israeli Government likewise condemned the attacks and instructed law enforcement authorities to act vigorously to bring those responsible to justice.

We urge all parties to avoid the potential for escalation. Violence will not advance, but will impede, the hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on acceptance and respect.

PRN: 2011/1453