Cars Vandalized, Threatening Graffiti Found in Suspected West Bank Hate Crime

Spray-painted messages suggest incident intended as revenge for car-ramming attack that wounded Israeli soldiers

Graffiti sprayed on the walls of Awarta, July 7, 2019.

Cars were vandalized and sprayed with threatening Hebrew-language slogans in a West Bank town in a suspected hate crime on Sunday, Palestinian residents said.

The cars in the town of Awarta, near Nablus, also had their tires slashed.

The graffiti suggested that the incident was intended as revenge for a car-ramming attack on Saturday night that left five Israeli soldiers wounded. It included Stars of David and the statements "when our blood is spilled, we will take our fate into our own hands, hello from Hizma" – referring to the village near the checkpoint where the attack took place – and "Judea and Israel are fighting for the dignity of Israel, Hizma revenge."

The suspected hate crimes came less than two weeks after vehicles were vandalized and hateful messages scrawled on walls in the Palestinian town of Sarta in the West Bank. According to the human rights organization Yesh Din, graffiti reading "non-Jews = enemies" was spray-painted on the walls of private homes, and Stars of David were painted on the vandalized vehicles.

A few days before that, On Sunday, vehicles were vandalized and malicious graffiti was scrawled in the Palestinian West Bank town of Sinjil, near the Jewish settlements of Ofra and Shilo.

The week before that, 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.