Hebrew Graffiti, Vandalized Cars Found in West Bank Hate Crime

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Graffiti reading "Yitzhar eviction - price tag" in Einbus, June 13, 2019.
Graffiti reading "Yitzhar eviction - price tag" in Einbus, June 13, 2019.Credit: Einbus Village Council

Hebrew graffiti was scrawled on the walls of buildings and car tires were punctured overnight, residents of the Palestinian village of Einbus, near Nablus, reported Thursday.

The vandalism was reported to security forces, and police have opened an investigation.

The graffiti, which read "Regards from Habalad" and "Yitzhar evacuation – price tag" indicates that the vandalism was carried out in response to the eviction of Jewish settlers from two locations in the West Bank by Israeli authorities. Such anti-Arab acts of vandalism have been dubbed “price tag” attacks by Jewish extremists, and are carried out after outposts or settlements are dismantled by authorities.

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The graffiti refers to the unauthorized outpost of Habaladim, which has been repeatedly dismantled by Israeli authorities. In the past, residents evicted by the Israeli military from Habaladim have gone to live in Yitzhar. The mention of the eviction in Yitzhar may refer to a structure that was constructed without permission on a hilltop near the settlement, which was demolished by authorities a week and a half ago.

About two weeks ago, masked assailants were filmed throwing stones at a school in the village of Jalud, near Nablus, after which a fire broke out in a Palestinian-owned grove of trees.

On the same day, fire fighting and first aid services reported that Palestinians set fire to fields in a nearby settlement. Fire fighting crews said the blaze started between Jalud, the Shvut Rachel settlement and Achiya outpost. They did not report a fire in the Palestinian grove.

The fire destroyed hundreds of olive trees belonging to the Fauzi family. "They were 65-year-old trees," grove owner Mahmoud Fauzi said, adding that of his 1,500 trees, a third of them had caught fire.

He said that he filed a complaint with the Palestinian District Coordination and Liaison Office, but received no response nor the police launched an investigation into the incident. Fauzi said that the place had already been set ablaze before. Eyewitnesses from the village claim that the masked attackers at the school were Israeli.

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