'Arabs of Jerusalem Are Terrorists': 15 Cars in East Jerusalem Vandalized in Suspected Hate Crime

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'Arabs of Jerusalem are terrorists,' a graffiti sprayed on a wall in East Jerusalem on August 18, 2018
'Arabs of Jerusalem are terrorists,' a graffiti sprayed on a wall in East Jerusalem on August 18, 2018Credit: No credit
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Fifteen cars were vandalized overnight on Saturday in the East Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Isawiya in a so-called 'price tag' attack.

Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

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The tires of the vehicles were slashed and offensive graffiti was sprayed on one of the cars and on a wall nearby, reading: "The Arabs of Jerusalem are terrorists."

A car damaged in a suspected hate crime in East Jerusalem on August 18, 2018.Credit: No credit

Isawiya residents claim that they saw several young Jewish men in the area during the night. Residents also said the area where the incident took place is covered by security cameras, which have helped in the past to identify Palestinian children who hurled stones.

Also scrawled on the wall in Isawiya were the two words "Havat Gilad," the name of a West Bank outpost. It may be that perpetrators were inspired to act in response to an incident late last week that claimed the life of a 40-year-old Israeli woman who died after she was run over at an intersection near Havat Gilad.

The Israeli army and the Shin Bet security service have both assessed that the woman was ran over in a car accident and not in an intentional car-ramming attack. The driver had turned himself in.

Two days after Haya Rozin died in that incident, an Israeli Arab man was shot to death by Israeli policemen on Saturday after he tried to stab another police officer in Jerusalem's Old City. The man's relatives claim he was mentally ill, and that the attempted attack was not politically motivated.

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