Hate Crime Suspected After Graffiti, Cars Torched in Israeli Arab Village in Wadi Ara

'Price tag' and 'the exiles say hello' spray-painted inside Israeli Arab village days after West Bank extremist held

Hate crime suspected after graffiti, cars torched in Israeli Arab village in Wadi Ara. May 24, 2017.
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Two cars were torched and graffiti was sprayed on a house at the entrance to an Israeli Arab village in Wadi Ara in northern Israel in a suspected hate crime.

One of the graffiti messages, which were sprayed onto a private house, read "Administrative price tag" and the other read "The exiles say hello" (sprayed twice). The police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

So-called “price tags” are reference to a form of retribution attacks by radical settlers or far right extremists who try to exact a price for any Israeli government curbs on settlements. The term has also come to describe attacks against Palestinian property in revenge for violence or restrictions against extremist settlers, for example administrative detention orders.

Mudar Yunes, the head of the Ara-Arara council, told Haaretz he learned of the hate crime from the police at 3:30 AM. The house on which the graffiti was sprayed is occupied by a family with two children.

Hate crime suspected after graffiti, cars torched in Israeli Arab village in Wadi Ara. May 24, 2017.
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Mudar says he expects the police to find the perpetrators, saying they have the means to do so.

During the last month, a rise in hate crimes of the sort was reported after administrative detention orders were given to right-wing activists in the West Bank. On Friday a tractor was set afire in the Palestinian village of Burin, near Nablus . The word "Revenge" was sprayed, and a Star of David symbol nearby.

The week before, 20 parked cars were torched in East Jerusalem, in Shuafat. Some were also marked with hate graffiti. That same night, cars were vandalized in the village of Naura, in northern Israel, near Afula. They were also marked with the words "Administrative price tag".