Property Vandalized and Stolen, Racist Graffiti Sprayed Near West Bank Village

Perpetrators cut irrigation hoses, stole work tools and water containers, and punctured the tires of a tractor, according to Israeli human rights group

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Racist graffiti sprayed near the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya in the West Bank, November 10, 2020.
Racist graffiti sprayed near the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya in the West Bank, November 10, 2020. Credit: Yesh Din NGO
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Residents of a West Bank village reported an attack on Monday, during which some farming equipment was stolen and racist graffiti in Hebrew was sprayed.

Israeli police are looking into the incident near the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya, northeast of Ramallah, but have yet to identify any suspects.

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The perpetrators scrawled on a building a Star of David and the Hebrew slogan Am Yisrael Chai, or "The people of Israel lives."

Slashed irrigation hoses near Turmus Ayya, November 10, 2020.
Slashed irrigation hoses near Turmus Ayya, November 10, 2020. Credit: Yesh Din NGO

According to a report filed with the police, the intruders cut irrigation hoses and stole work tools and water containers and punctured the tires of a tractor at the site. 

A researcher with Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din reported that a resident of Turmus Ayya saw the damage on Monday evening when he went to his plot. According to the researcher, the farmer estimates the damage at thousands of shekels.

“The serious violence that has marked the current [olive] harvest season isn't periodical and continues throughout the year,” said Yesh Din’s executive director, Lior Amihai. “Israeli lawbreakers attack Palestinians, damage their property, steal and create a sense of fear among innocent people just because they are Palestinian."

"In the apartheid regime of the West Bank, Israelis are almost entirely immune from being brought to justice, and the rioters carry out their actions without fear of any kind,” Amihai added.  

In September, Palestinian residents of the West Bank said that some 50 olive trees had been defaced in the village of As-Sawiya, east of the West Bank settlement of Ariel. The damage was estimated in some 60,000 shekels (some $17,000).

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