East Jerusalem cars vandalized in suspected anti-Arab attack
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East Jerusalem cars vandalized in suspected anti-Arab attack

Truck graffitied with the words’ No more Arab terrorism’; similar incidents reported in the northern West Bank

Cars damaged in East Jerusalem alongside a truck graffitied with the words 'No more Arab terrorism,' November 23, 2018 (Israel Police spokesperson)
Cars damaged in East Jerusalem alongside a truck graffitied with the words 'No more Arab terrorism,' November 23, 2018 (Israel Police spokesperson)

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.”

A similar attack took place overnight in the Palestinian village of Asira al-Qibliya, near Nablus in the northern West Bank, according to reports.

Police also said it was investigating reports of a suspected hate attack in the nearby Palestinian town of Urif, where vandals spray-painted a Star of David alongside the slogan “Fight the enemy not the friend.”

A Palestinian car spray-painted with a Star of David in the northern West Bank Palestinian town of Urif, November 23, 2018 (courtesy)

Palestinian residents of the Nablus region are the frequent targets of such attacks, which are generally attributed to far-right Israelis.

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.

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