Cars Vandalized, Malicious Graffiti Sprayed in Palestinian Town

West Bank residents reported suspected hate crime to police after writings of 'stones=murder' and 'stop throwing stones' found

A Star of David sprayed on a car in Deir Istiya, June 18, 2019.

Tires were slashed and malicious graffiti was sprayed on walls overnight Monday in the Palestinian town of Deir Istiya, near the Israeli settlement of Ariel.

The graffiti included Stars of David and slogans such as, "stones=murder" and "stop throwing stones." Twenty three cars were vandalized in the town.

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Residents discovered the vandalism Tuesday morning and called the police who said they were on the way to the scene.

Graffiti that reads 'stones = murder' in Deir Istiya, June 18, 2019.

Non-profit organization Tag Meir, which combats hate crimes in Israel, called on security forces to put an end to these attacks, dubbed “price tag” by Jewish extremists.

Tag Meir said, "four 'price tag' attacks in four days should set off a red light. Our sad experience teaches us that price tag attacks do not stop at graffiti and vandalized cars, and endanger Arabs and Jews alike." The organization added that "what starts with graffiti becomes arson of mosques, and continues to the arson of houses and people."

Overnight Sunday, Hebrew slogans were spray-painted onto a mosque and car tires were punctured in the Palestinian village of Kafr Malik, northeast of Ramallah. The graffiti found included writings such as "Over Judea and Samaria there will be a war" and other statements vowing to resist evacuation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, alongside Stars of David.

Last Thursday residents of the Palestinian village of Einbus near Nablus reported similar vandalism with Hebrew graffiti being scrawled on residential walls and car tires being punctured.

The graffiti, which read "Regards from Habalad" and "Yitzhar evacuation – price tag" indicates that the vandalism was carried out in response to the eviction of Jewish settlers from two locations in the West Bank by Israeli authorities.