Malicious graffiti was scrawled and tires of some 13 vehicles were punctured overnight Saturday in a suspected hate crime in the West Bank Palestinian village of Qira, north of the Salfit district.
According to Qira residents' testimonies and camera footage distributed by the local council, masked individuals entered the village and punctured tires, as well as spraying hateful writings on houses, reading "There is no place for enemies in the country" and "When Jews are hurt, we don’t forget our obligation.”
Residents said the suspects entered the village from the direction of the nearby Palestinian village of Kifl Haris.
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Local council head Aisha Nimr said that the suspects entered the village after 2 A.M., adding that the incident marks the first time a hate crime has been carried out in Qira, signalling a dangerous escalation in the Jewish settlers' conduct.
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The governor of the Salfit governate, Abdullah Kamil, said Sunday morning that the Israeli government bears responsibility for the alleged crime and ongoing attacks by settlers.
Kamil called on all Palestinian communities near settlements to establish guard committees to protect the lives and property of people in Palestinian communities.