Twenty-two Cars Vandalized in Suspected Hate Crime in West Bank Village

Hebrew grafitti sprayed at the scene said 'Jews do not stay silent'

Jack Khoury
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A car with slashed tires and graffiti in Hizma, November 8, 2019.
A car with slashed tires and graffiti in Hizma, November 8, 2019.Credit: Amer Aruri / B'Tselem
Jack Khoury

Twenty-two cars were vandalized overnight Thursday and graffiti was sprayed in the West Bank village of Hizma, north of East Jerusalem, in a suspected hate crime.

Cars had their tires slashed and were spray-painted. "Jews do not stay silent" was written in Hebrew on a wall in the village.

Hebrew grafitti that reads 'Jews do not stay silent' on a wall in Hizma, November 8, 2019.Credit: Amer Aruri / B'Tselem

On Thursday, residents of Kablan, a West Bank village near Nablus, reported that hateful slogans in Hebrew were spray-painted and at least one car was vandalized.

The graffiti in the village of Kabalan made apparent reference to the military closure imposed by Israeli security forces at the illegal Jewish outpost of Kumi Ori after soldiers were attacked by settlers there.

Slashed tires in Hizma, November 8, 2019.

This week masked attackers threw stones and Israeli police and police vehicles near the settlement of Bat Ayin, in the Gush Etzion region south of Jerusalem. On Wednesday, five settlers were arrested on suspicion of attacking police officers who put a stop to illegal construction at the unauthorized outpost of Maoz Esther in the northern West Bank.

According to a police source, the detainees threw stones at the police, clashed with them and pushed them.

Last month there were six cases of vandalism of Palestinian property in the West Bank, including graffiti and the vandalism of cars, according to the B’Tselem Israeli human rights organization in the West Bank, which also reported nearly 20 incidents involving attacks on Palestinians harvesting olives, arson at olive groves and the theft of olives