Hate Crime Suspected: Cars Vandalized, Star of David Graffiti Sprayed in West Bank

Palestinians say slogan saying, 'Fight the foe, not the friend' was spray-painted on wall of house ■ More than ten cars defaced in adjacent town

A car in with a Star of David spray-painted on the engine hood, Asira al-Qibliya, November 23, 2018
Asira al-Qibliya residents

Several cars were vandalized and graffiti was sprayed on houses in a West Bank town near Nablus on Friday. A similar incident, in which more than ten cars were damaged, was reported in an adjacent community.

The Israel Police have opened an investigation.

Palestinians from the town of Asira al-Qibliya reported that graffiti reading, "Fight the foe, not the friend" was spray-painted on the wall of a house. A Star of David was sprayed on one of the cars.

A graffiti on a wall in Asira al-Qibliya reads 'Fight the foe, not the friend,' November 23, 2018
Asira al-Qibliya residents
A car with its tires slashed in Asira al-Qibliya, November 23, 2018
Asira al-Qibliya residents

Photos given to B'Tselem, an NGO that documents hate crimes in the West Bank, show another inscription which reads, "Regards from Shmida's tent," an apparent reference to a right-wing activist. The photos show other vehicles with punctured tires.

In the nearby town of Huwara, over ten cars were vandalized in a parking lot. Security camera footage shows two hooded, masked men walking among the vehicles and slashing the tires. 

Graffiti saying, "Evicting Yitzhar = Price Tag" was found scralled on a wall surrounding the parking lot. The slogan likely refers to the illegal shack in the settlement of Yitzhar that was demolished earlier this week.

Friday's incidents are the latest in a slew of similar occurences.

Last week, a car was set on fire in the early morning hours in the West Bank town of Urif.

According to Palestinian sources, the incident took place around 3 A.M. and the car was utterly destroyed. Graffiti in Hebrew saying, "Don't play with us," was spray-painted in red on a wall near the car.

Last month, 28 cars were vandalized in the Palestinian village of Mazraa in the central West Bank, according to local residents. Some had their tires slashes and others were spray-painted with racist graffiti and stars of David.

Palestinian sources say that police came to investigate after residents complained but left without entering the village after stones were thrown at them.