Vehicles Vandalized, Malicious Graffiti Sprayed in Suspected West Bank Hate Crime

Malicious graffiti reading 'non-Jews = enemies' was spray-painted on the walls of private houses and Stars of David were scrawled on vehicles, human rights organization says

Hateful writing scrawled in a West Bank Palestinian town, reading:'non Jews = enemies,' June 27, 2019.
Human rights organization Yesh Din

Ten vehicles were vandalized and hateful writings were scrawled on walls overnight Wednesday in the Palestinian town of Sarta in the West Bank, the human rights organization Yesh Din said Thursday.

According to Yesh Din, Malicious graffiti reading "non-Jews = enemies" was spray-painted on the walls of private homes, and Stars of David were painted on the vandalized vehicles. Two more vehicles were damaged in a separate incident.

This is the first time such an incident has occured in Sarta, near the Jewish settlement of Barkan and Revava.

Star of David sprayed on a vehicle in the Palestinian town of Sarta in the West Bank, June 27, 2019.
Human rights organization Yesh Din

On Sunday, some 12 vehicles were vandalized and malicious graffiti was scrawled in the Palestinian West Bank town of Sinjil, near the Jewish settlements of Ofra and Shilo.

Sinjil residents said Monday that Stars of David were spray-painted on buildings in the Palestinian town alongside writings in Hebrew that read: "Village of terrorists," "Stone-throwing terrorists live here," and "We give them jobs and they rape a child," probably referring to the West Bank rape case in which Mahmoud Qatusa was charged with raping a 7-year-old Israeli girl. The charges were later dropped, and locals argue that Israel was trying to frame him for an act he did not commit.

Israeli police said it launched an investigation into the suspected hate crime in Sinjil.

Last week, five vehicles were vandalized and hateful Hebrew slogans were spray-painted onto a mosque and car tires were punctured in the Palestinian village of Kafr Malik, northeast of Ramallah.

The graffiti found included writings such as "Over Judea and Samaria there will be a war" and other statements vowing to resist evacuation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, alongside Stars of David. 

Zaki Kartoum, a resident of Kafr Malik, told Haaretz that his security camera caught three masked men spraying graffiti on the walls around 2 A.M. at the entrance of his home. In the footage the suspects appear to enter the compund and puncture the tires of three vehicles. Kartoum added that the two vehicles belonging to his neighbors were also damaged.