Suspected Hate Crime in the West Bank: Cars Vandalized and Spray Painted With Abusive Graffiti

Car tires slashed and 'expel or kill' sprayed-painted in Palestinian town near Jewish settlement

Suspected hate crime in the West Bank: Cars vandalized and spray painted with abusive graffiti
Zachariah Sade, Rabbis for Human Rights

A number of cars were vandalized Monday in what seems to be an anti-Arab hate crime. The cars had their tires slashed and had abusive graffiti spray painted on them in the Palestinian towns of Luban al-Sharqiya and al-Sawiya in the northern West Bank, near the settlement of Eli.

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Suspected hate crime in the West Bank: Cars vandalized and spray painted with abusive graffiti
Zachariah Sade, Rabbis for Human Rights

“Expell or kill” and “Enough with the administrative orders” were among the things written in the suspected "price tag" attack. The administrative orders refer to the restraining orders issued by the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service against right-wing activists to keep them out of the West Bank.

Another message said “Hello” from a well-known right wing activist who was recently convicted in a plea bargain deal of arson and aggravated assault against Palestinians for racist motives. He was also convicted in a precedent setting decision for membership in a terrorist organization because of his involvement in attacking Palestinians and so-called price tag incidents.

A similar incident occurred on Friday in the area of Aqraba, a bit north of the present case, when unknown vandals tried to set a mosque on fire in a possible hate crime.

The Judea and Samaria District police said they and the IDF are investigating the incident.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors the settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that over 30 vehicles were damaged last night in the two villages in the Nablus region. The statements and action leaves no doubt that this was a price tag action and the number of such incidents has been on the rise over the past few weeks, said Daghlas.