Israeli Settler Admits to Targeting Palestinians in String of Attacks

Suspect, a resident of Beitar Illit, confessed to police who arrested him a day after he tried to run over a Palestinian man

A sign of Beitar Illit, 2011.
Eyal Toueg

Israel Police arrested on Monday a 25-year-old Israeli suspected of trying to hit a Palestinian man with his car.

The incident took place earlier this month, when the Israeli, a resident of the Beitar Illit settlement, stopped his car near the Palestinian who was working as a street cleaner.

After hearing the man's Arabic accent, the driver then tried to run him over several times. He didn’t hit the Palestinian, and fled the scene. The Palestinian man filed a complaint and the suspect was arrested a day later.

The suspect was questioned and admitted to five other attempts to target Palestinians. In one instance, he beat a Palestinian at a store, and in another he smashed the windshields and headlights of a Palestinian-owned car. According to the police, the motive for all attacks – in which no one was significantly wounded - was nationalistic.