Car Windshields Smashed in Suspected Hate Crime in West Bank Village

Security video shows three masked men entering the village outskirts with steel bars, striking the vehicles and fleeing the area ■ Police opens investigation into incident

Car windshield smashed in the West Bank village of Turmus Ayya, January 25, 2019
Yotam Berger

Several vehicles were vandalized in a suspected hate crime in the West Bank on Friday. Israel Police has entered the village of Turmus Ayya with army escort and are investigating the incident.

Footage from the village shows three cars were defaced by smashing their windshields. Security video shows three masked men entering the village outskirts with steel bars, striking the vehicles and fleeing the area.

Contrary to many past incidents, no graffiti was found at the scene or anywhere in the village.

Suspected hate crime in West Bank village of Turmus Ayya - Security camera footage

On Thursday, the 16-year-old Jewish minor suspected in the October murder of Aisha Mohammed Rabi in the West Bank was formally charged with manslaughter.

The charges came one day after a court was told that the minor's DNA was found on the rock that hit her car and caused her death.

Car windshield smashed in the West Bank village of Turmus Ayya, January 25, 2019
Yotam Berger

According to the indictment, the suspect and other yeshiva students stood on a hill nearby Route 60 in the central West Bank on October 12. The suspect "held a rock weighing close to two kilograms, with the intention of using it to harm Arab car passengers, based out of an ideological motive of racism and hostility toward Arabs everywhere."