Palestinian Mosque Vandalized in West Bank Hate Crime

Residents of Deir Dibwan report that graffiti was spray-painted on mosque, including Star of David symbols and sayings such as 'Here they incite to murder Jews'

Hate graffiti sprayed at the entrance to a mosque in a Palestinian village in the West Bank, February 4, 2019.
Deir Dibwan Village Spokesperson's Office

A mosque was defaced with graffiti on Monday in a Palestinian village in the West Bank, residents said. 

Palestinians from the Deir Dibwan village east of Ramallah said that graffiti was spray-painted on the mosque, including Star of David symbols and sayings such as "Here they incite to murder Jews" and "Am Yisrael Chai" ("The nation of Israel lives”).

Israel police has opened an investigation into the incident. According to the police, Palestinians reported that the unknown perpetrators also poured flammable material on the shoe rack placed at the entry to the mosque, but apparently didn't light it.

Hate graffiti sprayed near a mosque in a Palestinian village in the West Bank, February 4, 2019.
Deir Dibwan Village Spokesperson's Office

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In late January, several vehicles were vandalized in a suspected hate crime in the West Bank, where three cars were defaced by smashing their windshields.

The week prior, 24 cars were vandalized and racist graffiti was sprayed painted on homes in Kfar Yasuf, a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank.