Cars Vandalized, Graffiti Sprayed in West Bank Village as Hate Crimes See Resurgence

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The inscriptions that were sprayed in the West Bank village of 'Urif, on June 28, 2018
The inscriptions that were sprayed in the West Bank village of 'Urif, on June 28, 2018Credit: מועצת עוריף

Two cars were vandalized and hate graffiti was sprayed at a West Bank village on Thursday night in a suspected hate crime.

According to local residents in Urif, in the Nablus area, some inscriptions on the walls said "And you remembered that the Lord, your God, is given you strength to do good," "Jews do not keep silent" and "Here live enemies, to drive or kill."

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Elsewhere, some 80 vines were damaged in a suspected hate crime at a Palestinian orchard near Kiryat Arba, adjacent to Hebron. Palestinians reported that the walls were graffitied with "enough of the agricultural terror" and "vengeance." The vines were all cut close to their base.

Earlier Thursday, Hanenu, a right-wing NGO that provides legal representation to right-wing activists, reported that a young Jew was attacked by Arabs at the Oz Zion outpost near Givat Asaf, in the center of the West Bank. According to them, the man was physically attacked: Several of his ribs were broken and he required stitches in his head.

On Tuesday, vandals vandalized fig trees and vines near the Palestinian village of Burqa, also near Nablus. On the nearby access road read the inscription: "Enough of the agricultural terror, we will reach everywhere."

The circumstances of the incident are being investigated. According to the official, 35 grape vines and seven fig trees were cut down near their base.

In the past two weeks there have been no reports of hate crimes, after months of several incidents a week. In the middle of the month, Palestinians reported vandalizing 200 vines and olive trees in the village of Beit Sakariya near Elazar in Gush Etzion, shortly after the evacuation of the 15 structures at the Nativ Ha'avot outpost.

Earlier, dozens of haystacks had been set on fire in the town of Burin, in the Nablus area. The police arrested those suspected of involvement in the previous incidents, most of them minors from the settlements and from Jerusalem, but they were all released after several days in detention. The Judea and Sumeria District Police continue to investigate the events.

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