'There Will Be War': Hebrew Graffiti Sprayed on West Bank Mosque

Palestinian says security cameras caught three masked men entering his home and puncturing car tires

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Graffiti that was sprayed on buildings in the Palestinian village of Kafr Malik, June 17, 2019.
Graffiti that was sprayed on buildings in the Palestinian village of Kafr Malik, June 17, 2019. Credit: Kfar Malik Local Council

Hebrew slogans were spray-painted onto a mosque and car tires were punctured in the Palestinian village of Kafr Malik, northeast of Ramallah on Sunday night.

Police have opened an investigation into the suspected acts of vandalism.

Security footage of the incident.

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.

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Zaki Kartoum, a resident of the village, 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.

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While there have been similar incidents in Kafr Malik, Katoum said, this is the first such instance to take place in his neighborhood.

Last Thursday residents of the Palestinian village of Einbus near Nablus reported similar vandalism with Hebrew graffiti being scrawled on residential walls and car tires being punctured.

Graffiti that was sprayed on buildings in the Palestinian village of Kafr Malik, June 17, 2019. Credit: Kfar Malik Local Council

The graffiti, which read "Regards from Habalad" and "Yitzhar evacuation – price tag" indicates that the vandalism was carried out in response to the eviction of Jewish settlers from two locations in the West Bank by Israeli authorities. Such anti-Arab acts of vandalism have been dubbed “price tag” attacks by Jewish extremists, and are carried out after outposts or settlements are dismantled by authorities.

The graffiti refers to the unauthorized outpost of Habaladim, which has been repeatedly dismantled by Israeli authorities. In the past, residents evicted by the Israeli military from Habaladim have gone to live in Yitzhar. The mention of the eviction in Yitzhar may refer to a structure that was constructed without permission on a hilltop near the settlement, which was demolished by authorities a week and a half ago.

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