'Jews Don't Stay Silent' Graffiti Sprayed in West Bank Town in Suspected Hate Crime

Several cars in the town of Yatma vandalized with Stars of David graffiti and punctured tires, residents say

'Jews don't stay silent' spray painted on a building in Yatma, August 13, 2019.
Yatma Town Council

Graffiti saying "Jews don't stay silent" was spray-painted on a building in the West Bank town of Yatma overnight, resident reported Tuesday. 

The Yesh Din human rights organization confirmed the residents' account, saying the phrase was scrawled on a building near the entrance of the town. Stars of David were also sprayed on several cars, which also had their tires punctured, Yesh Din said.

Last month, Police said they are investigating a possible hate crime in the Israeli Arab town of Jisr al-Zarqa, on the coast just north of Caesarea, after the tires of 21 cars were pierced and a house was sprayed with graffiti saying, “The hill in Izhar, we won’t forget and won’t forgive”.

Tag Meir, an organization founded to promote solidarity, called on Israel’s defense forces to put an end to these attacks, dubbed "price tag" by Jewish extremists.

“This is the third time this month that price tag rioters raided Arab towns and cause harm to innocent residents,” Tag Meir stated. “The Israel police and Shin Bet security service have to put a stop to rioting by price tag gangs and put a stop to these crimes.”

A member of the local council, Mohammed Lufti, said that until recently, no such incidents had occurred in his community. However, he said, "it is a warning sign for the future."

Hadash lawmaker Ofer Cassif called the incident "an act of terror whose goal is to threaten the town's residents [and] sow fear.

"When the prime minister tries to interfere with Arabs voting at the polls, the message is clear – the ‘price tag' is the continuation of the government's policy through other means," he added.