Hebrew Graffiti Found in West Bank Village in Suspected Hate Crime as Tensions Escalate

Messages reading 'I do not sleep when blood is spilled' and 'The lives of our soldiers come before the lives of the enemy,' follow killing of soldier in West Bank arrest raid

Hagar Shezaf
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Graffiti reading 'I do not sleep when blood is spilled here' in Bilin, West Bank, May 12, 2020.
Graffiti reading 'I do not sleep when blood is spilled here' in Bilin, West Bank, May 12, 2020.Credit:
Hagar Shezaf

Hebrew graffiti was found in the West Bank village of Bilin overnight in a suspected "price tag" hate crime against the Palestinian residents overnight Wednesday, a day after an Israeli soldier was killed during an arrest raid.

Messages reading "I do not sleep when blood has been spilled here" and "The lives of our soldiers come before the lives of the enemy," along with stars of David, were found spray painted on a wall and a fence in Bilin, south of Beit El.

Early Tuesday morning, 21-year-old Staff Sgt. Amit Ben Ygal was killed during an arrest raid in the village of Ya'bad, near Jenin, when a stone hurled from a rooftop struck his head. Local witnesses said Israeli troops arrested 11 people in connection with the killing, all members of the same family. Local reports also said four young people were wounded by rubber bullets. 

On Wednesday morning, a 15-year-old Palestinian was killed by live fire in clashes with the IDF during an arrest raid in the Al Fuwar refugee camp near Hebron, and two more were injured.  

In a statement, the Israeli military said that violent riots broke out during the raid in the refugee camp, "during which terrorists threw stones and boulders, firebombs and explosives," and added that gunshots were heard in the area. 

The statement added that forces responded with crowd control measures and live fire, and that a soldier was lightly wounded by the stone throwing. "We are aware of the claim that a Palestinian was killed and that a number of Palestinians were wounded," the military said.  

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