Some 15 olive trees were cut down in the southern West Bank Tuesday in a suspected hate crime. On nearby boulders the unknown assailants scrawled "Revenge" and "Death to Arabs."
Police has launched an investigation into the incident, which occurred in the Palestinian village of A-Tawani.
As reported earlier this week, last year saw a steep rise in “nationalist crimes,” violence and property damage by Jews against Palestinians in the West Bank. As of mid-December, 482 such incidents had been reported, compared to 140 for 2017.
Violence by settlers and right-wing activists included beating up and throwing stones at Palestinians. More frequently, the offenses consisted of painting nationalist and anti-Arab or anti-Muslim slogans, damaging homes and cars and cutting down trees belonging to Palestinian farmers.