'Arabs=Enemies' Scrawled on Wall in Suspected West Bank Hate Crime

Five vehicles were vandalized and hateful messages were spray painted on walls in the Palestinian town of Haris

'Arabs=Enemies' graffiti scrawled in the West Bank Palestinian town of Haris, August 21, 2019.

Hateful graffiti was scrawled and five vehicles were vandalized overnight Tuesday in the West Bank Palestinian town of Haris.

Graffiti reading "Arabs=Enemies," and "The solution to terror attacks is expulsion or death to Arabs," was spray-painted on walls of buildings in Haris. Vandals slashed the tires of five vehicles in the town.

The police launched an investigation into the incident.

'The solution to terror attacks is expulsion or death to Arabs' graffiti scrawled in the West Bank Palestinian town of Haris, August 21, 2019.

A week ago, graffiti reading "Jews don't stay silent" was scibbled on a building in the West Bank town of Yatma.

The Yesh Din human rights organization said the phrase was scrawled on a building near the entrance of the town. Stars of David were also sprayed on several cars, which also had their tires punctured, Yesh Din said.

Last month, Police said they are investigating a possible hate crime in the Israeli Arab town of Jisr al-Zarqa, on the coast just north of Caesarea, after the tires of 21 cars were pierced and a house was sprayed with graffiti saying, “The hill in Izhar, we won’t forget and won’t forgive”.

Vehicle vandalized in the West Bank Palestinian town of Haris, August 21, 2019.

Tag Meir, an organization founded to promote solidarity, called on Israel’s defense forces to put an end to these attacks, dubbed "price tag" by Jewish extremists.

A member of the local council, Mohammed Lufti, said that until recently, no such incidents had occurred in his community. However, he said, "it is a warning sign for the future."

Hadash lawmaker Ofer Cassif called the incident "an act of terror whose goal is to threaten the town's residents [and] sow fear.

"When the prime minister tries to interfere with Arabs voting at the polls, the message is clear – the ‘price tag' is the continuation of the government's policy through other means," he added.