A home and three vehicles in a West Bank refugee camp were vandalized early Tuesday morning, in a suspected “price tag” attack related to the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners and ongoing peace talks.
Residents of Jalazone, near the settlement of Beit El, woke in the morning to discover that the vehicles had been torched by Molotov cocktails and a home was spray-painted with the words “Regards to John Kerry.”
After their actions, the vandals fled the area, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, who said police opened an investigation into the incident.
Other graffiti found at the scene read “There will be a war over Judea and Samaria,” and “On [Judea and Samaria] much blood will be spilled.” A Jewish star was also scrawled on a wall.
Pictures posted by the Palestinian Ma’an news agency showed badly damaged cars, including one on fire. An eyewitness told the outlet that it was the third time the area had been targeted.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, the main broker behind the renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, is expected to land in Israel Wednesday to present a framework deal for the two sides.
Just after midnight on Tuesday the Palestinian prisoners, the third group out of four, were released under the framework of the peace talks, a move widely protested in Israel.
Price tag attacks, acts of vandalism usually performed against Arab property and typically carried out by Jewish nationalists in retribution for government moves, have become increasingly common in recent years. Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted in such attacks.
Officials have vowed to crack down on the attacks.