Teenager arrested in West Bank mosque blaze

Israeli police briefly detained a teenager from a West Bank settlement in connection with the torching of a West Bank mosque in December.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a minor was questioned last week in the attack, believed to have been the work of Jewish extremists in the West Bank. Israeli law prohibits publication of information that might lead to identification of minors suspected of crimes.

The attackers burned prayer carpets and a book stand with Muslim holy texts. They also left Hebrew graffiti on the floor. The arson sparked outcries from both Muslims and Jews. Israel’s chief rabbi visited the damaged mosque to denounce the Dec. 11 burning.