Several vehicles in a Palestinian-majority East Jerusalem neighborhood were vandalized on Wednesday night, Israeli police said. The incident is similar to one a day earlier that Palestinian villagers in the West Bank blamed on Israeli settlers.
In the Beit Hanina neighborhood in East Jerusalem, the perpetrators damaged tires and sprayed "stop the administrative orders" on cars. The same slogan was found at the scene of the earlier case in the West Bank village of Far'ata.
Far'ata residents said the slogan could be a reference to restraining orders that Israeli officials issued in recent days to ban several far-right activists from the West Bank.
Police have opened investigations into both incidents.
A resident of Far'ata told Haaretz that he and his brothers saw Israelis fleeing the area. "We went out at 12 o'clock and saw three settlers coming from the direction of Havat Gilad," he said, referring to a nearby settlement. "They left and disappeared. They came back after nine minutes and spoke in Hebrew, and then they left again."
In February, "death to Arabs" was spray painted on cars in the village of Jit, near Nablus. The vandalists also sprayed "relocation now" and the name of a perpetrator in an arson attack on a bilingual school in Jerusalem.
Earlier that month, residents of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh reported that Hebrew graffiti was sprayed at its entrance. Among the slogans, one read: "There is no room in the Land of Israel for the Tamimi family." The name referred to the local Palestinian family whose daughter Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison this year after reaching a plea bargain with Israeli military prosecution to four counts of assault, including the videotaped slapping of an Israeli soldier.
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