Settlers suspected of puncturing tires of 25 cars in Palestinian town

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The tires on at least 25 cars have been punctured in the Palestinian town of Salfit, near the West Bank settlement of Ariel, in a suspected settler hate crime.

The Yesh Din rights group publishes images showing the damage caused to the cars, as well as graffiti sprayed on some of the vehicles and the wall of a building.

A slogan in graffiti on the wall reads “Price Tag.”

Footage published by Yesh Din shows masked youths, suspected to be settlers, puncturing the tires overnight.

Police are expected to launch an investigation into the suspected hate crime.

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

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