Suspected ‘price tag’ vandalism in West Bank village

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

Palestinians in the West Bank village of Iskaka woke up this morning to discover their town had been targeted in an apparent hate crime, with 11 vehicles vandalized and Hebrew graffiti spray-painted on buildings.

Slogans reading: “Enemies live here,” “The people of Israel live,” and “Fight the enemy and not the lover,” are graffitied, according to the Yesh Din rights group reports.

In a statement, Yesh Din blames the Israeli government, police, and justice system for allowing “settlers to continue disturbances in Palestinian villages.”

“The rioters know they are almost completely immune, and are encouraged. This reality of apartheid must be changed,” it says.

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

There was no immediate comment from police on the matter.

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