Palestinian vehicle torched in suspected hate attack

A cloth with Hebrew writing reportedly found attached to fence next to burnt car in West Bank town of Hawara

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent

A Palestinian car torched in the West Bank village of Hawara on April 26, 2017 (Rabbis for Human Rights)
A Palestinian car torched in the West Bank village of Hawara on April 26, 2017 (Rabbis for Human Rights)

Israeli police on Wednesday morning launched an investigation into the burning of a car in the Palestinian village of Hawara overnight, with reports saying they suspect a hate attack by far-right Israelis.

Authorities arrived at the scene early Wednesday morning to find the burnt vehicle, which was believed to have been intentionally set aflame.

According to the left-wing group Rabbis for Human Rights, a cloth was found attached to a fence nearby that had a number of illegible Hebrew letters inscribed on it.

Police didn’t immediately confirm a suspected motive in the attack, and the investigation is ongoing.

In February, security forces were reportedly bracing for a spike in attacks against Palestinians by far-right activists after the evacuation of the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona.

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