'Arabs = Enemies': 160 Cars Vandalized in East Jerusalem Neighborhood

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Graffiti reading "When Jews are stabbed we will not be silent" in Shuafat, December 9, 2019.
Graffiti reading "When Jews are stabbed we will not be silent" in Shuafat, December 9, 2019.Credit: Israel Police
Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz

The tires of over 160 vehicles were slashed and threatening graffiti was sprayed in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem overnight Monday, Israel Police said.

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The phrase "When Jews are stabbed we will not be silent" and a Star of David were spray painted on one wall, and graffiti reading "Arabs = enemies" and "There's no place in Israel for enemies" was also found.

Police said they are investigating the incident, and an Israel Police statement said that a large number of officers were sent to check the scene, where they uncovered even more vandalized cars.

Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen condemned the vandalism on Twitter, writing: "Another severe hate crime - in Shuafat. Again, the authorities are closing their eyes. Hundreds of cars have been damaged at this point, as well as dozens of houses of prayer and thousands of trees. Not to forget the murder of the Dawabshe family."

A Police photographer documents a vehicle's slashed tires in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, December 9, 2019Credit: Israel Police

He added, "If similar acts had been carried out by Arabs in Jewish towns, would it occur to anyone that they would happen again and again so often without catching the perpetrators?"  

Earlier Monday, an Israeli Border Police bus that was transporting troops to a West Bank settlement was vandalized. Officers were enforcing a closed military zone at the site of the Kumi Ori outpost near the settlement of Yitzhar when two of the vehicle’s tires were punctured and graffiti was sprayed on the bus in Hebrew reading “Go to the enemy.”

Police also said they saw several settlers waiting at the entrance to the settlement with rocks in their hands.   

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