A tractor was set ablaze and graffiti reading “revenge” was sprayed on a wall in a suspected hate crime in a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank early Friday morning.
The suspected “price tag” hate crime attack occurred in the village of Burin, near Nablus, according to a police report. A star of David and the Hebrew word for “revenge” were sprayed near the destroyed tractor.
Police said they opened an investigation into the incident and were collecting evidence.
Burin is a short distance from the Palestinian town of Hawara, where an Israeli man whose car was attacked by rioters late Thursday opened fire at the crowd, shooting dead a Palestinian man and injuring an Associated Press photojournalist.
A military jeep pulled up seconds after the man’s car came under attack, and the soldiers inside it quickly dispersed the crowd with tear gas and other riot dispersal means.
Afterwards, the Israeli driver, a father of eight who lives in the nearby settlement of Itamar, told Channel 2 news that the Palestinians “almost lynched” him. “Thank God I managed to get out of there… I looked death in the eyes,” he said.
A short while after the shooting, a group of Israeli settlers handed out candy bars to IDF soldiers near Hawara. They candy bars were of the same brand that Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving a life sentence for orchestrating terror attacks, was caught on film eating while ostensibly on the hunger strike.
פעילי "עוצמה יהודית" מחלקים בשעה זו שוקולדים מסוג טורטית לחיילים בחווארה pic.twitter.com/jY4skT41mN
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Some residents of the nearby settlements of Yitzhar and Har Brakha have been caught many times in the past carrying out attacks against residents of Burin.
So-called price tag attacks, usually limited to arson and graffiti but sometimes including physical assaults and even murder, have been carried out by Jewish extremists against non-Jews and IDF targets in the wake of Palestinian terror attacks or Israeli government decisions the extremists opposed.