Vandals spray-painted racist invective and slashed the tires of vehicles belonging to residents of Neve Shalom, a mixed Arab-Jewish village outside Jerusalem, on Friday.
Residents awoke to find “Death to Arabs,” “Revenge,” and “Regards from Ulpana” and “Regards from Havat Gilad” scrawled in red paint across the sides of vehicles and buildings.
Neve Shalom posted on its facebook page that “in an apparent protest against the decision to evacuate an Israeli ‘outpost’ settlement,” thugs crept into the village, slashing tires of many cars, and spray painting right-wing and anti-Arab slogans on cars and buildings.”
Village resident Michael Zak responded to the attack saying it is not a “price tag” attack — the term some pro-settler extremists use for acts of violence carried out in ostensible response to actions that harm their cause — but a hate crime.
“The concept of ‘price tag’ is a politically correct term; this is a hate crime, a call to violence and killing,” he said.
“The choice of Neve Shalom is not an accident. The community represents the alternative possibility, the possibility of life with equality and cooperation,” Zak added.
Police have opened an investigation.
The Knesset voted on Wednesday against a bill that would have effectively prevented the demolition of illegally constructed buildings in the Givat Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El.
Havat Gilad was an illegal outpost near Nablus that the IDF’s Civil Administration demolished in February. Eight setters were arrested following clashes between Israeli security forces and the outpost’s residents.