'Jews Wake Up' Spray-painted, Car Tires Slashed in Israeli-Arab Town

The residents of the Israeli Arab town of Jisr al-Zarqa plead with police to catch the vandals, after a similar incident in 2019 concluded with no arrests

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Graffiti sprayed in Jisr al-Zarqa reading "Jews wake up" on Monday.
Graffiti sprayed in Jisr al-Zarqa reading "Jews wake up" on Monday.

The tires of at least 17 cars were slashed and one home was defaced with spray-paint reading "Jews wake up" in the Israeli Arab town of Jisr al-Zarqa, police said Monday. Police opened an investigation into the incident.

A similar incident occurred in 2019, but no arrests followed.

A member of the town council told Haaretz that security cameras recorded two masked people entering the southwestern quarter of the town. He said they slashed the tires of about 30 cars, and sprayed a Star of David and the slogan “Jews wake up” as well. The police said it documented damages to 17 cars.

One resident, Sami Fadili, told Haaretz, “At first we didn’t think it was a ‘price tag’ retaliation, until we saw the graffiti on one of the homes. People here are afraid it will happen again, so we are asking the police to catch them to put an end to this.”

In July 2019, vandals slashed the tires of 21 cars in Jisr al-Zarqa and sprayed one house with graffiti reading “The hill in Yitzhar, we won’t forget and won’t forgive.”

Police suspected the incident was politically motivated but didn’t arrest anyone. Two days earlier, forces from the Israel's Civil Administration, which controls the West Bank, and the Border Police had demolished the illegal outpost of Yitzhar.

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