Palestinian Cars Torched, Graffiti Sprayed Referencing Israeli Settler's Death

'Greetings from Ahuvia,' says graffiti in Palestinian town near Jerusalem, referring to 16-year-old Israeli settler's death in a police chase

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Hagar Shezaf
Cars on fire in Beit Iksa, last night.
Cars on fire in Beit Iksa, last night.
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Hagar Shezaf

Two cars were set on fire and graffiti was sprayed in the Palestinian town of Beit Iksa, near Jerusalem, on Friday night, with the spray-painted slogan referencing the death of an Israeli settler.

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"Greetings from Ahuvia," read the graffiti, referring to Ahuvia Sandak, a 16-year-old killed in a car crash during a chase with police, who suspected him of throwing stones at Palestinians.

Sandak's death in December sparked a wave of violence, with security officials saying dozens – or more – attacks on Palestinians have occurred since. The graffiti also included a Star of David.

Protests over Sandak's death have seen violence directed at police and Arab passersby. On Thursday, nine people were arrested in Jerusalem during a protest over the death.

Sandak was a resident of Maoz Esther, an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank built on private Palestinians. Residents have returned after being evicted multiple times for over a decade.

Last month, Maj. Gen. Tamir Yadai, the head of the military's Central Command, met with settlers from the outpost, with a military source saying the purpose was to try to "find common ground" and stop the attacks on Palestinians.

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