‘Expel or kill’ graffitied in Palestinian town in fourth such incident this week
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‘Expel or kill’ graffitied in Palestinian town in fourth such incident this week

Tires also slashed on some 40 cars in Burqa, near Ramallah, in suspected hate attack by far-right activists

Graffiti discovered April 20, 2018, in the West Bank Palestinian village of Burqa reads, 'Here live terror supporters. Expel or kill' (Mohammed Somrain)
Graffiti discovered April 20, 2018, in the West Bank Palestinian village of Burqa reads, 'Here live terror supporters. Expel or kill' (Mohammed Somrain)

In a fourth suspected hate attack by far-right wing Israelis this week, vandals overnight Thursday spray-painted a building in the West Bank town of Burqa, near Ramallah, with the words, “Supporters of terror, expel or kill.”

Palestinians also said that the tires of some 40 cars were slashed.

Police confirmed receiving reports of the attacks and said they were on their way to Burqa with the army to investigate.

CCTV camera footage from the scene showed men in dark, clothes, their faces, hidden, puncture the tires of a truck.

On Wednesday — Memorial Day, when Israel was commemorating its fallen ahead of Independence Day — vandals cut down more than two dozen olive trees and spray-painted walls in the Palestinian village of Urif outside of Nablus with the words, “Death to Arabs.”

Photos from the scene showed one wall spray-painted with the biblical phrase “The stranger who approaches will be put to death,” which in context refers to a layman who enters the holy sanctuary. A nearby rock was painted with another biblical phrase, “You shall drive them out,” which relates to the conquest of the Land of Israel.

The previous day, car tires were deflated and messages including “Expel or kill” and “Enough with administrative orders” were scrawled on walls in the villages of Luban a-Sharqiya in the West Bank and Issawiya in East Jerusalem.

‘Death to Arabs’ spray painted on the wall of a building in the West Bank Arab village of Urif in an apparent price tag attack on April 18, 2018. (Rabbis for Human Rights)

And a week ago, vandals torched a mosque in the northern West Bank village of Aqraba before dawn.

Footage captured by a security camera at the entrance to the mosque showed a pair of assailants setting the door of the building ablaze. Their faces were covered throughout the clip.

Administrative orders, when used to prevent settler violence, can include detention, bans from entering the entire West Bank, and bans on contacting certain individuals, as well as nightly curfews.

Administrative detention is also widely used against Palestinians and has been criticized by many rights groups as it allows Israel to hold detainees for long periods of time without trial, access to a lawyer or information on accusations against them.

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