Palestinian homes vandalized in suspected hate crime

Hebrew graffiti found on site; windows shattered in village near Ramallah

The scene of a suspected 'price tag' attack near Ramallah (Courtesy/Abdullah Al-Dado)
The scene of a suspected 'price tag' attack near Ramallah (Courtesy/Abdullah Al-Dado)

Two Palestinian houses in the West Bank were vandalized overnight Thursday-Friday in a suspected anti-Arab attack.

The walls of one of the houses was daubed with Hebrew graffiti reading “Death to the Arabs,” while windows in the other residence were shattered.

Police said they are investigating the incident, which took place in the village of Mazara al-Qibliya near Ramallah.

The vandalism came hours after four people — two Israelis, an American Jewish teenager, and a Palestinian — were killed in a combined shooting and car-ramming attack in the West Bank by Palestinian attackers.

The vandalism may have been part of a series of so-called price tag hate-crime attacks, usually arson and graffiti, which are used by Jewish extremists to target non-Jews — including homes, churches and mosques — as revenge for actions by Israeli officials and for Palestinian terror attacks.

The scene of a suspected 'price tag' attack near Ramallah (Courtesy/Abdullah Al-Dado)
The scene of a suspected ‘price tag’ attack near Ramallah (Courtesy/Abdullah Al-Dado)

On October 25, a car was torched in East Jerusalem and the words “administrative revenge” were found scrawled on the pavement.

Three weeks earlier, a Palestinian car was torched in the West Bank village of Bitilu in what appeared to be a revenge attack for the deadly shooting of an Israeli couple. Photos of the incident showed graffiti daubed on a nearby wall reading “Revenge, Henkin,” referring to the killing of Naama and Eitam Henkin in the West Bank, with both words misspelled.

On July 31, the Dawabsha family home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed, allegedly by Jewish terrorists, killing 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha. His parents died of their severe wounds separately, weeks apart. The only surviving member of the family is Ahmed, 5, who remains hospitalized in Israel. The perpetrators of the attack have not been apprehended.

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