World Digest: Israel investigates accusations of vandalism in a Palestinian cemetery
Israel probes report of cemetery attack
The Israeli army said Thursday that it is checking a report of vandalism in a Palestinian cemetery in the West Bank that a Palestinian official accused Jewish settlers of desecrating.
Several tombstones were smashed in the cemetery in the village of Awarta, south of Nablus, said Ghassan Daghlas, who is responsible for monitoring Jewish settlement activity in the area.
An Israeli army spokesman said that if the report proves true, "a complaint will be filed with the Israeli police."
Jewish worshipers, accompanied by the army, had entered the village Tuesday evening to visit an ancient Jewish grave site in the area, the spokesman said.
Recent violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank, occupied by Israel since 1967, has been linked by some activists to Israel's decision to impose a partial, 10-month freeze on building in the enclave.
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