Some 12 vehicles were vandalized and malicious graffiti was scrawled overnight Sunday in the Palestinian West Bank town of Sinjil, near the Jewish settlements of Ofra and Shilo.
Sinjil residents said Monday that Stars of David were spray-painted on buildings in the Palestinian town alongside writings in Hebrew that read: "Village of terrorists," "Stone-throwing terrorists live here," and "We give them jobs and they rape a child," probably referring to the West Bank rape case in which Mahmoud Qatusa was charged with raping a 7-year-old Israeli girl. However, locals argue that Israel was trying to frame him for an act he didn't commit.
Israeli police said it launched an investigation into the suspected hate crime in Sinjil.
Last week, five vehicles were vandalized and hateful Hebrew slogans were spray-painted onto a mosque and car tires were punctured in the Palestinian village of Kafr Malik, northeast of Ramallah.
The graffiti found included writings such as "Over Judea and Samaria there will be a war" and other statements vowing to resist evacuation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, alongside Stars of David.
Zaki Kartoum, a resident of the village, told Haaretz that his security camera caught three masked men spraying graffiti on the walls around 2 A.M. at the entrance of his home. In the footage the suspects appear to enter the compund and puncture the tires of three vehicles. Kartoum added that the two vehicles belonging to his neighbors were also damaged.
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Several days earlier, residents of the Palestinian village of Einbus near Nablus reported similar vandalism with Hebrew graffiti being scrawled on residential walls and car tires being punctured.
The graffiti, which read "Regards from Habalad" and "Yitzhar evacuation – price tag" indicates that the vandalism was carried out in response to the eviction of Jewish settlers from two locations in the West Bank by Israeli authorities. Such anti-Arab acts of vandalism have been dubbed “price tag” attacks by Jewish extremists, and are carried out after outposts or settlements are dismantled by authorities.
The graffiti refers to the unauthorized outpost of Habaladim, which has been repeatedly dismantled by Israeli authorities. In the past, residents evicted by the Israeli military from Habaladim have gone to live in Yitzhar. The mention of the eviction in Yitzhar may refer to a structure that was constructed without permission on a hilltop near the settlement, which was demolished by authorities a week and a half ago.