Palestinian Cars Vandalized After Israel Evacuates Settlement Outpost

Police say they have launched an investigation into the incident in the settlement of Shiloh, which comes after five suspects have been detained on suspicion of committing hate crimes in the West Bank in the last two days

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Still image from CCTV footage of the incident in Shiloh.
Still image from CCTV footage of the incident in Shiloh.
Hagar Shezaf
Hagar Shezaf

The windows of six cars of Palestinian laborers working in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh were smashed on Tuesday, hours after Israeli authorities evacuated a structure in the nearby outpost of Esh Kodesh.

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The unidentified perpetrators, who were masked apparently in order to conceal their identity, were caught on security cameras, and police said an investigation is underway.

In the last two days, five Israeli suspects have been detained on suspicion of committing hate crimes. A court extended the detention of three of them on Monday.

One suspect, who was questioned by the Shin Bet security service, had his detention prolonged by eight days. Two others, who were questioned by the police, had their detention extended by a week.

According to the right-wing organization Honenu, which provides legal assistance to settlers accused of violence, the final two suspects were taken to the Shin Bet's Kishon Detention Facility in northern Israel, and one of them had his vehicle confiscated during the course of the probe.

On Saturday, settlers threw stones at houses in the Palestinian village of Qusra, but no damage was reported. According to Palestinian testimonies, they also set fire to a Palestinian vehicle in the area.

In the past two months, there has been a dramatic spike in settler violence against Palestinians has increased, following the death of Ahuvia Sandak, who was killed during a police chase.

Sandak, 16, fled from police with four friends after they allegedly threw stones at Palestinian vehicles. The car in which Sandak was traveling collided with the patrol car pursuing them, and Sandak was killed when the car flipped.