Seventeen vehicles were vandalized in a suspected hate crime that targeted the Palestinian town of Battir, situated southwest of Jerusalem.
The windows of the cars were smashed, and vandals also spray-painted the Star of David symbol on some of the vehicles, along with slogans in Hebrew that read: “We do not sleep while our brothers are being slain” and “Enough with the terror attacks.”
Residents reported the vandalism to the police, which in turn launched an investigation into the incident.
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In January, the windows of three vehicles in the West Bank village of Turmus Ayya were broken. About 15 olive trees were cut down in a grove near the village of Al-Tuwani in the southern West Bank, also in January, by unknown perpetrators. The words “revenge” and “death to Arabs” were spray-painted on rocks in the area.
The past year saw a steep rise in “nationalist crimes,” violence and property damage by Jews against Palestinians in the West Bank. As of mid-December, 482 such incidents had been reported, compared to 140 for 2017.
Violence by settlers and right-wing activists included beating up and throwing stones at Palestinians. More frequently, the offenses consisted of painting nationalist and anti-Arab or anti-Muslim slogans, damaging homes and cars and cutting down trees belonging to Palestinian farmers.
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