Palestinians in two villages in the northern West Bank reported Friday morning that dozens of cars had been damaged overnight, along with graffiti that was spray-painted on various surfaces, in alleged extremist settler attacks.
In the village of Asira al-Qibliya, near Nablus, two Israeli men entered overnight and slashed the tires of some 12 cars, Palestinians told the Yesh Din rights groups. Vandals also spray-painted a Star of David alongside the slogan “Fight the enemy not the friend,” the group said.
In nearby Hawara, the tires of some 13 cars were slashed, and hate graffiti was daubed on the walls of a school, including the slogan “Evacuating Yitzhar = price tag.”
Yitzhar is a nearby settlement, some of whose residents have been linked to extremist attacks on Palestinians. “Price tag” is a slogan that has been used in recent years by far-right Israelis to justify their attacks on Palestinians. It refers to the attacks as ostensible retaliation for terror attacks and Israeli government actions deemed hostile to the settler movement.
Palestinian residents of the Nablus region are the frequent targets of such attacks.
Separately, police opened an investigation Friday morning after the tires of several cars were slashed in East Jerusalem overnight.
Police said cars were damaged in two locations in what was being reported as a suspected anti-Arab hate crime.
A photograph from one scene also showed a truck graffitied with the words “No more Arab terrorism.”
Last Wednesday, Palestinian residents of Urif in the northern West Bank woke up to find a car torched and Hebrew graffiti spray-painted on the walls of a building.
Last month, a Palestinian mother of eight was killed when a rock the size of a large tissue box flew through the windshield of the car her husband was driving and struck the head of Aisha Rabi, who was sitting in the passenger seat.
Her husband has asserted that the stone was thrown by Israeli settlers, as he heard Hebrew being spoken. The Shin Bet and Israel Police have both opened probes into the incident, which remain under gag order.
However, The Times of Israel learned earlier this month that the growing conviction among defense officials was that the 47-year-old Rabi was killed in a terror attack perpetrated by Israelis.
Jacob Magid contributed to this report.