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Olive trees cut down in second attack on Palestinian village in as many days

On Friday, two vehicles were damaged in same village — Urif, in the northern West Bank

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

One of the 15 olive trees chopped down in the northern West Bank village of Urif in an apparent hate crime on April 28, 2018. (Urif Municipality)
One of the 15 olive trees chopped down in the northern West Bank village of Urif in an apparent hate crime on April 28, 2018. (Urif Municipality)

Fifteen olive trees were found chopped down Saturday in Urif, in what was the second apparent hate crime attack against residents of the northern West Bank village in as many days and the third in less than two weeks.

Saturday’s attack came less than 24 hours after two vehicles parked outside the town were found with their tires slashed and Hebrew hate slogans graffitied on them.

Among the slogans uncovered at the scene were “Fight the enemy” and “Price tag,” the latter a term used by perpetrators to describe the attacks, which they say are in retaliation for Palestinian violence or government policies perceived as hostile to the settler movement.

Palestinian olive groves and mosques and churches inside Israel have also been targeted by far-right vandals in recent years, as have dovish Israeli rights groups and even IDF military bases.

On April 18, vandals cut down more than two dozen olive trees in Urif and spray-paint walls throughout the village with the phrase “Death to Arabs” in an apparent hate attack.

A truck outside the northern West Bank village of Urif whose tires were slashed and windows were vandalized in an apparent hate crime on April 27, 2018. (Urif Municipality)

The incidents in Urif brought the total of such attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank and Israeli Arabs this month to 13, including similar hate crimes that took place in Deir Ammar, JaludRamun, Beit Iksa, Burqa, Burin, As-Sawiya and Luban a-Sharqiya, Aqraba, and Fara’ata.

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