Palestinian Vineyard Vandalized in Second Suspected Hate Crime Within a Week

Last week 300 vines were pulled from the ground in a vineyard in Hebron. A graffiti was sprayed on a rock nearby, saying: 'We will reach everywhere'

Hundreds of grapevines were vandalized Tuesday in a Palestinian vineyard near the West Bank town of Halhul outside Hebron in the West Bank. Israeli security forces have opened an investigation.

Grapevines vandalized in Halhul, May 22, 2018.
Halhul Municipality

A similar incident occurred last week, as 300 vines were pulled from the ground in a vineyard in Hebron. The vineyard was almost completely destroyed, as the vines were cut to the root, and the roots were pulled from the ground. A graffiti was sprayed on a rock nearby, saying: "We will reach everywhere."

Israeli Police are said to be investigating the case. No suspects have been arrested thus far.

Two days prior, twenty six parked cars in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shoafat had their tires slashed. Graffiti saying: “Jews wake up” was spray painted on nearby walls. The police opened an investigation into the incident. No arrests have been reported in the case.

Last month, Shin Bet arrested a teen under suspicion for participating in similar hate crimes. He has since been released under restrictive conditions.

The vines vandalized in last week's suspected hate crime near Hebron
Moussa Ben Hashash/B'tselem

A series of attacks by far-right activists against Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, chiefly around Nablus, were reported last month. According to Shin Bet, the number of such incidents since the start of 2018 to May is higher than the total reported in 2017.

As far as April, 13 "Price Tag" actions were reported, as well as two more counting as attempted terrorist attacks, including an attempt to set fire to a mosque.