Palestinian Vehicles Vandalized in the West Bank in Suspected Hate Crime

This is the latest in a slew of suspected hate crimes against Palestinians in recent months

"Jews don't keep silent," hate-crime graffiti was spray-painted on Palestinian cars in Sinjil, August 27, 2018.
Iyad Haddad/B'Tselem

Fifteen Palestinian vehicles were vandalized and graffiti was sprayed near them in the Palestinian village of Sinjil in the West Bank.

Israeli police is investigating whether a politically-motivated hate crime was committed.

On August 19, dozens of olive trees were cut down in a suspected hate crime near the Palestinian town of Ras Karkar in the Ramallah area. Hate graffiti was spray-painted nearby.

Punctured tires in the village of Sinjil, August 27, 2018.
Iyad Haddad/B'Tselem

That same weekend, in East Jerusalem, fifteen cars were vandalized in the Arab neighborhood of Isawiya in a similar "price tag" attack. The tires of the vehicles were slashed and offensive graffiti was sprayed on one of the cars and on a wall nearby, reading: "The Arabs of Jerusalem are terrorists."

The weekend prior, trees were uprooted in Arabe and in Luben a-Sharqiya. These are only some examples of recent hate crimes in recent months. Investigation have been opened into all of them, but the police hasn't made any arrests as far as is known.

The last time perpetrators of a so-called “price tag” attack were detained for questioning was in mid-July, when two settlers from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar were detained for questioning on suspicion of damaging Arab property in the village of Urif. They were released shortly after being interrogated for about two hours.

Several weeks prior to that, other suspects had been detained over similar suspicions. Two people were detained for two weeks.The two, from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar and the ulra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, were detained on suspicion of damaging Arab property. 

None of the perpetrators of hate crimes attacks in the West Bank are currently held by police, as far as is known, despite dozens of cases this year. In June and July alone, according to data from the NGO B'Tselem, at least 2,000 Palestinian olive trees were damaged in suspected hate crimes.