Two vehicles in the Palestinian village of Umm Safa north of Ramallah were torched early Wednesday morning, in a crime locals said was carried out by neighboring Israeli settlers.
According to a statement from the village, a group of settlers gathered at a junction outside the neighboring Ateret settlement before “storming into Umm Safa and damaging residents’ property.”
Among the legible graffiti found spray-painted on one of the vehicles was a message of revenge for the deaths of three family members who were stabbed to death last month in the nearby Halamish settlement by a 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist.
Speaking with Palestinian media, chairman of Umm Safa’s local council Marwan Sabah said that it wasn’t the first time his village was targeted in such attacks. He added that the IDF, which had been operating in Umm Safa that night, was complicit in the arson.
The Israel Police said it had opened an investigation into the incident.
חשד לפשע שנאה הלילה בכפר אום צפא. עפ הפלסטינים מתנחלים ריססו גרפיטי נקמה ושרפו שני כלי רכב. pic.twitter.com/gr8bHzNM35
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