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‘End assimilation’: Dozens of cars vandalized, wall graffitied in Arab town

Tires on some 20 vehicles slashed in Kamanneh, a Bedouin village near Karmiel; police open investigation into apparent hate crime

Police forces operate in the northern town of Kamanneh following a suspected hate crime, on April 9, 2021. (Israel Police Spokesperson)
Police forces operate in the northern town of Kamanneh following a suspected hate crime, on April 9, 2021. (Israel Police Spokesperson)

Vehicles and a wall in a Bedouin village in northern Israel were vandalized overnight in a suspected hate crime attack, police said Friday.

Residents of Kamanneh found some 20 damaged vehicles and a Hebrew-language slogan graffitied on a nearby wall, a spokesperson for the police said.

The graffiti on the wall read “end the assimilation” with a Star of David next to it, apparently referring to Jewish intermarriage.

Israel Police said they have opened an investigation into the apparent hate crime.

Last month, a similar suspected hate crime occurred in the central city of Kafr Qasim. Dozens of cars had their tires punctured and the slogan “expel or kill” was sprayed on one of the vehicles.

Anti-Arab vandalism by Jewish extremists has become a common occurrence in the West Bank but is rarer inside Israel.

Incidents of vandalism and attacks against Palestinians, Israeli security forces, and activists in the West Bank are commonly referred to as “price tag” attacks, with perpetrators claiming they are retaliation for Palestinian violence or government policies seen as hostile to the settler movement.

Arrests of perpetrators have been exceedingly rare and rights groups lament that convictions are even more unusual, with the majority of charges in such cases being dropped.

There has been an increase in violence since Ahuvia Sandak, 16, was killed in a car crash as he and other teenagers fled from police four months ago, after allegedly throwing rocks at Palestinians.

Human rights activist Rabbi Arik Ascherman was beaten by a masked Jewish settler near an illegal outpost in the West Bank on Wednesday, with the attack captured on video.

Last week, Israeli settlers were filmed pelting a Palestinian man with stones near the village of Jalud in the northern West Bank.

And last month, a group of around 10 masked people, allegedly settlers, beat and threw rocks at a Palestinian family in the West Bank, with this attack captured by the family on video.

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