Hate Crime in Northern Israel: Two More Arab Cars Vandalized

This is the seventh such incident to occur in Yokneam Illit in the last month.

Anti-Arab 'price tag' vandalism.
Anti-Arab 'price tag' vandalism. Amira Hass

Two vehicles belonging to Arabs were vandalized on Sunday morning in Yokneam Ilit, the seventh such hate crime in the predominantly Jewish northern town in the last month. Two similar incidents occurred there two months ago, as well.

The tires on the car were slashed and the doors spray-painted with the words 'Price Tag,' referring to right-wing extremists' campaign against Israel's policy in the West Bank settlements.

The Afula police is investigating the incident, but no arrests have yet been made.

One of the hate crimes, two weeks ago, took place in the exact same apartment building parking lot as Sunday's vandalism.

Thirty-five olive trees were destroyed near the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin on Saturday, in another in a recent wave of anti-Arab hate crimes across the country. Graffiti reading "Arabs are thieves" and "price tag" were found at the scene.

According to Palestinian sources, such vandalism has become routine. Just a few days ago 58 olive trees were several damaged in Ras Karkar, northwest of Ramallah.
Also on Saturday evening, an Israeli Arab family found the tires of their car slashed, after returning from an afternoon in a public park in Ein Hashofet, in northern Israel. The car also had the words "price tag" and a Star of David sprayed on it.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will convene an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the expansion of "price tag" attacks into Israel proper and the hate crimes in Arab towns in the north over the past week, and the possible law enforcement steps that could be taken.