Uprooted Olive Trees in Latest Suspected Hate Crime in the West Bank

Palestinians say over a dozen olive trees near Urif uprooted, a day after vandals punctured tires and painted slurs in the village

Trees are cut off near the West Bank village of Urif, April 28, 2018.
Adil al-Amer

Around 15 olive trees were uprooted next to the Nablus-area village of Urif, West Bank Palestinians reported Saturday. On Friday, the tires of a truck and a car parked in open area between Urif and the neighboring village of Asira Al-Qibliya were punctured. Slogans were spray-painted nearby, reading “Fight the enemy” and “price tag” in Hebrew.

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These two incidents are only the latest in a series of similar incidents in various parts of the West Bank and in Arab communities in Israel over the past two weeks.

Several cars had their tires punctured and graffiti was sprayed in the town of Dir Amar near Ramallah in the central West Bank. Among the writings sprayed were the words “We will take our fate in our hands,” and another wishing well to a right-wing activist arrested recently for suspected involvement in “price tag” actions.

Several cars were vandalized Tuesday overnight in a town in the West Bank near Ramallah in the fourth anti-Arab hate crime reported this week.

Two vehicles were found burned in northern Israel Wednesday morning in a suspected anti-Arab hate crime. Graffiti reading “Jews let’s win” was sprayed on a stone wall nearby. The Israel Fire and Rescue Services said it received a call during the night reporting a burning car located between the communities of Iksal and Daburiyya. A fire crew called to the scene found two vehicles engulfed in flames, which they extinguished. Police are searching for suspects.

Palestinians reported later on Wednesday of another incident of “price tag” graffiti sprayed in the West Bank town of Jalud, south of Nablus. Writings included “Let us handle them,” as well as others similar to the ones found in Dir Amar.