Two more incidents of suspected anti-Arab hate crimes occurred late Sunday night in two separate places in the West Bank, a day after Israel's security services reported an uptick in the so-called "price tag" attacks.
In one of the incidents, the tires of a number of cars belonging to Palestinians were slashed in the town of Beit Iksa just outside Jerusalem, and graffiti was spray painted on a wall: “Fight the enemy and not the one you love.”
In the other incident, in the town of Ramun near the settlement of Rimonim in the Ramallah area, a number of tires were slashed and graffiti was spray painted, including: “We will take our fate into our hands.”
The police are investigating both incidents.
- Sharp rise in attacks on Palestinians by Jewish extremists in West Bank
- Palestinian property damaged in fourth suspected anti-Arab hate crime this week
- 53 mosques and churches vandalized in Israel since 2009, but only 9 indictments filed
These two so-called “price tag” incidents follow a number of other, similar cases in the past few weeks. On April 13 unknown people tried to set a mosque on fire in the town of Aqraba in the northern West Bank, on April 17, tires were slashed and graffiti was spray painted in the towns of Luban al-Sharqiya and al-Sawiya. The next day, trees were vandalized and graffiti was spray painted in the town of Urif. On Friday, two similar incidents occurred in the West Bank towns of Burqa and Burin.
This series of incidents represents a sharp rise in the number of such hate crimes allegedly committed by Jews in the West Bank. According to data from the Shin Bet security service reported on Sunday in Haaretz – before last night’s incidents – 13 such incidents have taken place since the beginning of 2018. No arrests have been reported in any of the cases.